China’s first hybrid-electric rescue vessel relies on ABB technology for safety and sustainability


The new built vessel, Shenhai 01, has a full range of ABB’s electrical, digital and connected solutions that help support sustainable operations and enhance safety and efficiency.

The first Chinese-built hybrid emergency rescue vessel is powered by ABB’s bridge-to-propeller technology, including Azipod electrical propulsion, energy storage and state-of-the-art automation and control solutions that further optimize operational efficiency.

Successfully delivered to the Shenzhen Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) by Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding, a 78-metre-long vessel will be deployed to provide marine emergency response and rescue operations.

Shenhai 01 can be fully powered by batteries for up to three hours of operation, which is particularly crucial for safe rescue operations in hazardous gas areas.

“As the first China-designed and built emergency rescue vessel, Shenhai 01 is ranked among the top technologically advanced ships around the world. ABB is a leading integrated solutions provider, especially for advanced and complex vessels. We are very glad that the first project between MSA and ABB Marine & Ports has been such a great success.”

Mr. Xiubin Guo, deputy director general of Shenzhen Maritime safety administration.

“We are very proud to contribute to this benchmark project. This project marks the first delivery of our energy storage system in China, and it has been an honor to work with such forward-thinking shipowner and yard from the drawing board all the way to vessel delivery.”

Alf Kåre Ådnanes, general manager of ABB Marine & Ports China.

The power setup will be controlled by the Integrated Power and Energy Management System (PEMS) of ABB, which will optimize energy use on board. The system operates three sets of diesel generators and two sets of lithium batteries with a total capacity of 1680 kWh.

The PEMS system not only increases the performance of the vessel power plant and the efficiency of the diesel engine, but also supports zero-emission operation in full-electric mode.

The vessel is powered by twin Azipod electric propulsion units with a combined power of 6 megawatts. Azipod units can rotate 360 degrees to increase maneuverability and operating efficiency, with the proven ability to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20 percent compared to traditional shaft propulsion systems.

Azipod electric propulsion has been the driving force behind safe, efficient and sustainable operations for a wide range of vessels for almost three decades. The scope of supply of ABB also includes the remote control system for maneuvering the Azipod Bridge Units.

The operations of Shenhai 01 will be monitored remotely and supported by experts from ABB’s global network of ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Centers. Remote support and connectivity, together with advanced data analytics enabled by the ABB Ability Remote Diagnostics System, will further enhance the vessel’s operational safety and ensure optimal performance, while helping to promptly detect and correct faults on board. This is particularly important for vessels engaged in rescue operations in remote areas.

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