ABB wins marine order worth over $40 million in Finland

ABB to deliver powerful, energy-efficient propulsion and electrical systems for icebreakers

Zurich, Switzerland, June 30, 2011 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, won an order worth more than $40 million to provide complete energy-efficient power and propulsion systems for two new icebreaking vessels to be built by the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard in Finland. The order was booked during the first quarter of 2011.

Designed for extreme environmental conditions in the arctic sea, the vessels will operate in drifting ice of up to 1.7 meters thick and temperatures as low as minus 35 degrees Celsius. Both vessels are scheduled for delivery in the spring of 2013.

Shipping company Sovcomflot will use the vessels to transport supplies to the Sakhalin-1 platform that will be developing the Arkutun-Dagi field off Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East.

“ABB’s extensive marine industry experience, and in particular our track record of supplying reliable and efficient solutions for icebreaking vessels, were important factors in winning this order,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our combination of robust, reliable technologies and competent marine engineering and service resources will help ensure successful and safe operation of these vessels in the harshest environments.”

ABB’s delivery provides powerful propulsion and maneuverability for the icebreakers and a reliable electric supply to ensure optimal availability and performance of all systems in the extreme arctic climate.

The order comprises power generation and distribution systems, thruster motors, and two 6.5 megawatt propulsion systems including drives and the Azipod® energy-efficient electric propulsion units.

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 124,000 people.

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