ABB has secured a contract to supply its marine software system OCTOPUS for Roll Group’s 12,285 dwt module carrier BigRoll Biscay.

According to ABB, the software helps find the most optimal transit route based on changes in weather and wave conditions. 

Joep Janssens, project engineer at RollDock, explained: “OCTOPUS provides advice that helps us avoid sea areas where excessive vessel motions are likely to occur, protecting our cargo from damage. While minimising the environmental forces, motion-based route optimisation also decreases fuel consumption and helps cut emissions as a result.”

The 146 m-long vessel, which joined the Roll Group fleet early 2020, will be the eighth vessel to rely on ABB’s marine software. It will also access the ABB Ability Marine Fleet Portal, which allows shipowners to track vessels continuously and download data for further evaluation.