Octopus maps heavylift safety for Kazakhstan oil field

DALFSEN, the Netherlands: ABB has won contracts for its Octopus marine software to map the safest and most efficient route for nine heavylift vessels transporting modules for the Tengizchevroil (TCO) oil field expansion in Kazakhstan.

Formed in 1993, Tengizchevroil is a joint venture between Chevron, ExxonMobil, KazMunayGas and LukArco to develop the Tengiz and Korolevskoye oil fields located in the northeastern reaches of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan.

TCO has contracted COSCO Shipping (pictured) to carry modules weighing up to 1,800 tons from fabrication yards in Korea and Europe to transshipment ports in the Black and Baltic seas for on-carriage to western Kazakhstan.

COSCO has subcontracted part of the transportation to NYK Group, Chung Yang Shipping, Dongbang Transport Logistics, Hanjin Transportation and CJ Korea Express that has prompted new orders for ABB’s software.

ABB will install sensors on each vessel to generate real-time roll and motion data for both the cargo and vessel to ensuring high levels of safety and cargo protection.

“Together with our partners, we have been contracted to ensure the safe and timely delivery of project modules into Kazakhstan,” said Marc Beerendonk, the chief operating officer for COSCO Shipping Heavy Transport. “We already have considerable experience of using ABB’s Octopus software, as our own semi-submersible heavylift fleet has used the system for a number of years. We look forward to taking this collaboration a step further and rolling out this highly effective technology across the heavylift ships in the TCO transportation and logistics contract.”

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