ABB supports China’s first hybrid rescue ship

The ‘Shenhai 01’, China’s first hybrid rescue vessel Photo: ABBThe ‘Shenhai 01’, China’s first hybrid rescue vessel Photo: ABB

ABB has provided a full scope of electric and digital solutions to the first Chinese-built hybrid rescue vessel.

The Shenhai 01 is powered by ABB’s bridge-to-propeller technologies, including Azipod electric propulsion, energy storage system and automation and control solutions. Built by Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding for Shenzhen Maritime Safety Administration (MSA), the 78m vessel will be deployed to provide emergency responses at sea and carry out rescue operations.

“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 forward-thinking shipowner and yard from the drawing board all the way to vessel delivery.”

The power setup will be controlled by ABB’s integrated power and energy management system (PEMS), controlling three sets of diesel generators and two sets of lithium batteries with a total capacity of 1680kWh. The PEMS system not only increases performance and engine efficiency, but also supports zero-emission operations in the fully electric mode.

The vessel is powered by twin Azipod electric propulsion units with a combined power of 6 MW and will be remotely monitored and supported by experts from ABB’s global network of ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Centres.

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