Press Release: ABB Ability lands major deal for nine heavy lift vessels servicing Kazakh oil field expansion

PRESS RELEASE: ABB Ability™ Marine Advisory System – OCTOPUS marine software will map the safest and most efficient routes for a fleet of heavy lift vessels servicing the expansion of a giant oil field in Kazakhstan.

ABB has secured a series of contracts for nine heavy lift vessels transporting modules for the Tengiz oil field expansion by Tengizchevroil (TCO). OCTOPUS will enhance the safety and efficiency of the heavy-lift vessels carrying out the transportation work by indicating the optimal route based on weather and forecasted vessel motions.

TCO has contracted China’s biggest shipping company, COSCO SHIPPING Co. Ltd., to carry out the transportation work, which will see modules weighing up to 1,800 tons moved from fabrication yards in Korea and Europe to the transshipment ports in the Black and Baltic seas. From there, the modules will be further transported to western Kazakhstan.

COSCO SHIPPING Co. Ltd. has subcontracted part of the work to its partners – NYK Group, Chung Yang Shipping, Dongbang Transport Logistics, Hanjin Transportation and CJ Korea Express – which resulted in a string of new orders for OCTOPUS. As part of the delivery, ABB will also install sensors on each vessel to generate real-time roll and motion data for both the cargo and vessel. This information, accessible to officers on the bridge and support teams ashore, is critical to ensuring high levels of safety and cargo protection. As part of the implementation, ABB will, through its ABB Ability™ Platform, make defined data points available for the expansion project through Cloud-to-Cloud Integration, enabling TCO to monitor specific KPIs and project progress.

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