ABB signs cooperation agreement with NAPA for vessel advisory solutions

21 January, 2014 – Adding NAPA Loading Computer and Electronic Logbooks to ABB’s Advisory portfolio will provide customers with leading solutions for ship safety and day-to-day operations.

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has signed a cooperation agreement with NAPA, the leading software house supplying solutions for ship design and operation.

Screen shot of NAPA Loading Computer for offshore vessel

ABB and NAPA will cooperate to offer the NAPA Loading Computer and the electronic NAPA Logbook. The products will be offered under ABB’s Vessel Information and Control (VICO) portfolio, as part of a complete advisory solution devised to optimize ship efficiency.

The NAPA Loading Computer undertakes a wide range of calculations related to hydrostatics, intact stability and ship longitudinal strength. The system is installed onboard 1,400 ships, including tankers and passenger vessels.

The renowned NAPA Logbook offers traditional logbook functionality in a user-friendly electronic format and is widely accepted by flag states. Its combination of common data storage, automation interfaces, reminders, guidelines and checklists prevents misuse and unlocks far-reaching additional reporting capability. Customers benefit via reduced workload for personnel onboard ship and the minimized potential for human error.

ABB’s Vessel Information and Control (VICO) portfolio for marine applications offers a broad range of advisory and fleet management reporting solutions, drawing on shipboard sensors and associated instrumentation to deliver integrated automation, vessel management and control. The integrated approach has been devised to optimize vessel performance, enhance energy efficiency, improve onboard equipment reliability and availability, and promote operational safety.

NAPA ( is the leading software house supplying solutions for ship design and operation with a mission to improve safety and eco-efficiency of the global maritime industry.

NAPA software is used by shipyards, ship owners and operators, designers, classification societies, consultancies and universities. NAPA has nearly 400 user organizations for design application and nearly 1,700 ship installations.

In 2014 NAPA is celebrating 25 years of marine software excellence.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.

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