ABB  has signed a contract with Cochin Shipyard, the largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility, covering its two new 1,200-passenger ferries to offer convenient commute to the Andaman Islands. ABB will ensure safety and availability of on-board systems and optimize usage of waterways to further local development. These vessels will be benefitted by the ABB Ability™ System 800xA automation on board, which will enable full integration of their power generation, distribution and propulsion systems.

Madhu S Nair, Chairman and Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard Ltd, said, “These ferries will play a significant part in meeting the demands of the growing local infrastructure and proving transport links within the Bay of Bengal.

He said, “We look forward to working together with ABB for integrating modern vessel management techniques and leveraging each other’s capabilities on these vessels, which we are confident would be the best amongst the Administration’s fleet once they are put into service.”

The ferries, to be delivered to the Andaman & Nicobar Administration in 2020, will be operated by Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) in services connecting mainland India with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal.

“ABB is pleased to work with Cochin Shipyard and the Shipping Corporation of India to partner the vision of maximizing the potential of India’s waterways,” said Madhav Vemuri, President and head of Industrial Automation division, ABB India. “Deploying best-in-class integrated power and automation packages and vessel management technology will provide next level of efficiency and sustainability to such projects to connect multiple locations in the region,” he added.

The network uses remote equipment monitoring and data analytics to enable predictive maintenance, planned interventions or even remote technical support, supported from seven existing shore-based ABB Marine and Ports’ Collaborative Operations Centers staffed by ABB experts.

“This order is a major breakthrough for ABB’s integrated power and automation technology in a new market, but it also highlights that equivalent benefits are available to owners from our ‘Electric. Digital. Connected.’ approach anywhere in the world,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. “Shipowners and operators in any market can benefit from the connectivity and remote management techniques, optimizing them by choosing shipboard systems that are themselves characterized by integration and digitalization.”