Energy management system provided for cruise line

ABB has received a contract to provide energy management systems for the new Viking Line cruise ferries being built in Turku, Finland.


ABB has received a contract to provide energy management systems for the new Viking Line cruise ferries being built in Turku, Finland. Courtesy: ABBABB has won an order to provide an energy management system to be delivered to Viking Line in 2013. The ship is being built in Finland at the STX Yard in Turku.

The new cruise ferry, a 218 meter vessel with a top speed of 22 knots, will have the capacity to carry 2,800 passengers and will serve the route connecting Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. In line with Viking Line’s environmental commitments, the new generation ferry will use liquefied natural gas as its fuel, which will be a first for a passenger vessel of this size. Through efficient use of this fuel, the ship will have extremely low emissions and virtually zero marine emissions.  

Viking Line chose ABB’s energy management system for marine applications software - EMMA, which is a part of ABB’s marine automation and control offering, to help manage energy-related processes, practices and decisions on the new ferry, to use fuel efficiently from the very first day of operation.

EMMA is based on ABB’s field-proven process automation software for energy management, which has been deployed to more than 60 process industry customers.

ABB’s scope of supply to Viking Line includes EMMA software, which compares and analyzes the historical and current operational data of the vessel, then calculates and advises on areas for improvement with easy-to-understand displays. It also includes an extended energy management tool that models energy consumption and calculates optimal operating conditions, so that ships can perform at the highest possible fuel and energy efficiency.


- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, 

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