ABB puts sustainable power solution at heart of FrøyGruppen’s innovative live fish carrier

ABB secures a contract with Sefine Shipyard to provide power and propulsion solution to FrøyGruppen’s state-of-the-art hybrid live fish carrier, future-proofing the vessel for safe and sustainable operations

ABB puts sustainable power solution at heart of FrøyGruppen’s innovative live fish carrier
Photo: FrøyGruppen

The innovative live fish carrier, designed by Møre Maritime AS, will be the first vessel of its kind to feature ABB’s award-wining power distribution system Onboard DC Grid™.

The system will optimize energy use, whether drawing on main engine power, energy storage power or a combination of the two. The power setup on board will be managed by ABB's integrated Power and Energy Management System (PEMS™), which will ensure optimal use of the vessel’s total power resources.

Geir Antonsen, Technical Manager, Frøy Rederi AS, FrøyGruppen, said:

“We are very proud to install such a comprehensive hybrid solution on board. By working closely with ABB, we have designed a power system that will contribute towards a sustainable food supply chain for many years to come.” 

Efkan Turan, Senior Technical Project Engineer, Sefine Shipyard, said:

“This will be our second project with ABB that includes the Onboard DC Grid™ system and an energy storage system, delivering greater efficiency and sustainability for FrøyGruppen vessel. Having experienced ABB as a reliable partner in the past, we look forward to collaborating with them on this forward-looking vessel that is tailored for the needs of today and has the flexibility to adapt to future technologies of tomorrow.”

PEMS™ allows the integrated electrical system to leverage the high-speed digital communication within ABB switchboards, protection devices and controllers to improve information flow and provide full system control from power generation to consumption. Onboard DC Grid™ delivers a highly fault-tolerant system platform, which offers safe and efficient operation that is less exposed to the peak-power total harmonic distortion that affects AC ship power distribution performance.

Sindre Sætre, head of ABB Marine & Ports in Norway, said:

“This order continues the maritime shift towards greener hybrid power and propulsion technology, and confirms that the reliability, redundancy and inherent safety of Onboard DC Grid™ are available for even the most specialized of vessels.”

The full ABB package also includes the digital and connected ABB Ability™ Remote Diagnostic System for Marine, which will further enhance the vessel’s operational safety and ensure optimal performance, while helping to promptly detect and correct faults on board.

The vessel’s high-power CFlow fish-handling system will feature the combination of ABB’s ACS880 multi-drives and single-drives, which integrate seamlessly with the functionality of Onboard DC Grid™, delivering further operational efficiencies.