Eckerö Line is retrofitting its Finlandia ferry to achieve greater efficiency and enhance safety during manoeuvring and docking.
Situational awareness solution ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision will be installed on board the cruise ferry with no interruption to the ship’s schedule.
In addition to the mechanical interface, ABB Marine & Ports Digital Service teams will support the crew to maximise value from the system and integrate the additional tool with their current bridge team operations.
A statement explained that ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision offers multiple real-time visualisations of a vessel's surroundings presenting the ship and its environment in ways beyond the capabilities of the human eye.
When ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision is deployed, a virtual model of the ship is superimposed on real surroundings measured using sensor technologies. This allows operators to monitor the vessel and its surroundings from a birds-eye view and switch to other views instantaneously. The solution makes it easier to predict vessel motions with respect to the actual surroundings and gives the user visibility of previously hidden obstacles.
Eckerö Group technical manager Daniel Olsén said “Our goal is to improve environmental performance and safety, and we worked with ABB to achieve greater efficiency in docking and high-traffic situations. Our customers demand high levels of safety in all conditions and this solution enables our crew to provide a reliable service.”
“Digitalisation provides solutions for existing and newbuild ships alike,” said ABB Marine & Ports head of global service Jyri Jusslin. “This retrofit does exactly that. Enhancing docking safety and efficiency will also allow Finlandia’s crew to support their schedule, in conditions that can vary from bright sunlight to dark icy conditions throughout the year.”
The cruise ferry makes return voyages three times daily between Helsinki in Finland and Tallinn in Estonia.