ABB wins Azipod® service contract

2011-05-09 - A long-term maintenance agreement improves lifecycle cost control and fleet availability for ship owners

Helsinki, Finland, May 9, 2010 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won a five-year contract to provide maintenance support services to two Caspian Sea ice-breaking support vessels, Arcticaborg and Antarticaborg, operated by the Dutch shipowner Wagenborg Kazakhstan BV.

The two innovative vessels, built in 1998, were the first to incorporate the double action icebreaker principle developed by Aker Arctic. The propulsion system has been designed to allow the vessels to operate through waters covered with ice up to 90cm level ice thickness and in shallow waters with a depth of 2.5 - 3m.

ABB’s service contract includes the maintenance of a ‘spare’ Azipod unit for the two icebreakers. This will allow ABB to carry out a complete overhaul of all five Azipod units dedicated to these Wagenborg vessels in rotation at ABB’s Regional Propulsion Products Service Centre in Helsinki within the five-year contract period. ABB will also hold all spare parts required for the planned overhaul work and any necessary service interventions and will undertake Azipod upgrades as agreed with Wagenborg.

Heikki Soljama, head of ABB’s Marine and Cranes Business Unit, says: “This new five-year Azipod maintenance service agreement is a strategically important step for Wagenborg and ABB. Applying proven best practice to long- term maintenance activities will allow them to focus on their core business and spend less time on project management, budgeting and scheduling.

“Customers in these sectors are looking increasingly at ways of reducing overall lifecycle costs, and making these costs more predictable, as well as maximizing the availability of their assets. Long-term agreements like the one we have signed with Wagenborg meet such requirements in a highly effective manner.”

To meet this trend, ABB has established a network of dedicated regional Propulsion Products Service Centres over the past two years in Helsinki, Houston, Murmansk and Shanghai.

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 some 117,000 people.

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