Tallink to implement performance optimisation systems on newbuild ferry

Newbuild passenger and car ferry MyStar is to implement a range of performance optimisation technologies following the agreement of a new deal between Estonian ferry operator Tallink and ABB.

MyStar, due for delivery from the Finnish Rauma Marine Constructions shipyard in 2022, will be outfitted with ABB’s Ability Marine Advisory Systems – OCTOPUS software before the vessel is deployed on the 80-km trans-Baltic route between Tallinn, Estonia, and Helsinki, Finland.

The software will collect and transfer operational data from the vessel’s onboard systems to the ABB Ability Marine Fleet Portal, which provides remote monitoring and performance analysis to support improved decision making.

Two existing Tallink vessels, Megastar and Star, are already using the system to collect and analyse data. On the Megastar, adjustments to vessel manoeuvring in Tallinn and Helsinki saved 5% of the energy consumed during manoeuvring in one port and up to 13% in the other. Improved auxiliary engine management on the Star cut annual auxiliary engine fuel consumption by close to 4%.

“We are very pleased to install OCTOPUS on the new shuttle ferry MyStar. We have already seen what this software can achieve onboard Star and Megastar installations through energy savings, performance gains and environmental benefits. The system has proven itself vital both for seagoing and onshore personnel,” said Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, Head of Ship Management at Tallink Grupp.

The OCTOPUS setup on board MyStar will comprise five separate modules – Advanced Performance Monitoring, Dynamic Trim, Clean Hull, Specific Fuel Oil Consumption (SFOC) Monitoring, and Powerplant Optimizer. In total, the system offers 13 different monitoring and optimisation modules.

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