announces the acquisition of Amarcon BV, a Dutch company that develops and markets software solutions for the shipping industry by the ABB Group. The acquisition will expand ABB’s advisory systems offering for customers in the maritime sectors.
Based in Dalfsen, The Netherlands, Amarcon provides software solutions for ships that focus on safety and improved operational ability. Amarcon will join ABB’s Process Automation Division.
This addition to ABB’s portfolio will enhance the recently released offering of Marine Advisory Systems. As energy cost, emissions and ship safety become increasingly important on ships, the need for advisory systems will grow with advisory solutions playing a critical role in helping ships to optimise their onboard operations and realise efficiency improvements.
ABB’s Smart Marine initiative provides these solutions based on its unique expertise in all three fields of marine technology including propulsion systems, electrical systems, and automation and advisory systems.
Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division explains that Amarcon’s Octopus product, its know-how of ship hydrodynamics and ship modelling capabilities are a complementary and strategic fit for ABB’s existing software portfolio and will help provide ABB with additional access to fast growing energy optimisation markets.
According to Leon Adegeest, Founder and Managing Director of Amarcon BV, the acquisition by ABB will help Amarcon accelerate its capacity to develop marine advisory products that improve vessel operational availability and safety while also enabling the company to reach a broader range of customers in new geographic regions.