Freedom of the Seas - powered and propelled by ABB

2006-05-02 - The world’s largest cruise liner, Freedom of the Seas, sets off on her maiden transatlantic voyage on May 3, powered and propelled by ABB electrical and propulsion systems.

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Freedom of the Seas sails from Southampton for New York on May 3 before continuing to Miami for its first commercial cruise in the Caribbean in June.

The 158,000 ton luxury liner is the biggest cruise ship ever built in terms of both gross tonnage and passenger capacity. It carries 4,370 guests and 1,360 crew on 18 decks and at a cruising speed of 21.6 knots.

ABB’s extensive scope of supply comprises three 14 megawatt Azipod propulsion units and a complete electrification package including 43 UniGear medium voltage switchboard panels, protection units, internal arc sensors and monitoring systems, six generators, four bow thruster motors, 18 transformers, and low voltage distribution equipment.

Freedom and Voyager classes

Freedom of the Seas is the first of three cruise liners in Royal Caribbean’s new Freedom class (the two sister ships are currently nearing completion at Aker Finnyard in Finland), and is 16,000 tons larger than the five ships in the line’s renowned Voyager series.

All eight vessels in the Freedom and Voyager series are equipped with ABB power and propulsion systems.

Azipod is the world’s first podded electric propulsion system. Among its many well-documented benefits are uniquely low levels of fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, unrivalled maneuverability, and near-elimination of noise and vibration to undetectable levels.

More than 100 Azipod propulsion units are currently in operation worldwide. In February 2006 they achieved a cumulative mileage of two million hours and 99.7 percent availability (accumulated on-hire time).

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    ABB Azipod propulsion units will power Freedom of the Seas on its maiden transatlantic voyage. Freedom (shown above leaving the shipyard in Turku, Finland on April 13) is the biggest cruise ship ever built in terms of both gross tonnage and passenger capacity. (Photo courtesy Aker Finnyards)

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