Remotely supported hybrid-electric rescue vessel delivered in China

China’s first hybrid-electric rescue vessel has been delivered to the Shenzhen Maritime Safety Administration (MSA), installed with a range of automation and remote support systems to optimise its operations.

The 78m vessel was constructed at Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding and features a range of systems from ABB to deliver electrical power and to support ongoing process improvements through data analytics.

Shenhai 01’s operations will be remotely monitored by ABB’s network of Ability Collaborative Operations Centers, with information collected from the vessel analysed using the Finnish company’s Remote Diagnostics System to improve operational safety and performance, while helping to detect and correct faults on board.

“As the first China-designed and built emergency rescue vessel, Shenhai 01 is ranked among the top technologically advanced ships around the world,” said Xiubin Guo, Deputy Director General of the MSA.

Power usage will be controlled by ABB’s integrated Power and Energy Management System (PEMS) to optimise the energy use on board from the ship’s three sets of diesel generators and two sets of lithium batteries, with a total capacity of 1680kWh.

The vessel can be fully powered by batteries for up to three hours of operations and features twin Azipod electric propulsion units, which are also connected to a remote-control system for manoeuvring from the bridge.

“We are very proud to contribute to this benchmark project,” said Alf Kåre Ådnanes, General Manager of ABB Marine & Ports China.

“This project marks the first delivery of our energy storage system in China, and it has been an honour to work with such a forward-thinking shipowner and yard from the drawing board all the way to vessel delivery.”

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