ABB adds automated steering function to Azipod electric propulsion

ABB adds automated steering function to Azipod electric propulsion
With OptimE, further fuel savings of up to 1.5 per cent are achievable for vessels powered by Azipod propulsion.

ABB has added an automated steering function to its Azipod electric propulsion solution to further minimise fuel consumption and emissions.

The new digital solution, ABB Ability OptimE – Toe Angle Optimisation for Propulsion, supports crew in achieving maximum propulsion efficiency by automatically selecting the optimal steering angle for the ship’s Azipod system. With ABB Ability OptimE, further fuel savings of up to 1.5 per cent are achievable depending on a ship’s operating profile, in addition to Azipod propulsion’s ability to cut fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent when compared with a traditional shaftline setup.

The digital solution does not require any further skills from the crew to operate. ABB Ability OptimE automatically adjusts the steering angle to achieve continuous optimal flow through the propulsors, taking prevailing operational needs and working conditions into account. According to ABB, its tool has already saved more than 1,000,000 tons of fuel in the cruise sector alone

“Maximising the energy efficiency of assets is a top priority for ABB and we are delighted to demonstrate yet further fuel savings and emission reductions in our Azipod propulsion systems,” said Antto Shemeikka, vice president digital services, ABB Marine & Ports. “We view the ship as a system where hardware and software operate seamlessly together to deliver maximum efficiency. We believe that every shipowner using Azipod technology will want to capitalise on the further efficiency gains enabled by ABB Ability OptimE.”

ABB Ability OptimE is suitable both for newbuilds and retrofitting.