ABB to enhance SCF’s safety with remote diagnostics support

Aug 02 2019

ABB has won a contract to supply ABB Ability™ remote diagnostic systems to 11 Sovcomflot (SCF) vessels operating in the Arctic and Russia’s Far East.

SCF’s vessels will be among over 1,000 ships connected to the patented Ability collaborative operation centres worldwide. From the centres, ABB experts monitor operational shipboard systems, co-ordinate remote equipment diagnostics and offer predictive maintenance services – 24/7, which can be especially crucial for vessels operating in remote areas, the company said.

The recently inaugurated Murmansk centre, adds local language support into the mix, which is particularly relevant for customers, such as SCF.

SCF’s ABB contract covers eight shuttle tankers that serve some of Russia’s major export developments such as, Varandey, Novy Port and Prirazlomnoye. The other three ships are icebreaking supply vessels deployed in the Sea of Okhotsk, as part of the Sakhalin-1 project.

“Predictive monitoring of critical equipment on board and maintenance support that is available 24/7 will be introduced seamlessly into Sovcomflot’s operations as part of our continuous commitment to enhancing vessel safety and reliability of vessel operations,” said Igor Tonkovidov, SCF’s Executive Vice President and COO/CTO. “ABB has been integral to Sovcomflot’s success in serving major energy projects in the harshest environments possible. As ABB brings its digital and connected remote monitoring solutions to a new level, we see a good opportunity to make the most of them in our continuous drive to operational excellence.”

“With close to 30 years of experience in delivering Azipod electric propulsion to vessels operating in polar conditions, ABB Marine & Ports is delighted to support Sovcomflot’s frontrunning step in the digitalisation that is driving greater ship efficiency, safety and reliability, as well as enhancing lifecycle support,” added Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports.

ABB’s marine remote diagnostic system (RDS) deploys sensor-driven on board monitoring software that fully integrates with analytics ashore. ABB claimed that there are clear maintenance savings available to owners that commit to the RDS package, as digitally connected on-duty engineers can solve cases remotely 24/7, thus reducing visits to vessels by 30%.


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