ABB powers the world’s largest cruise ship

2008-08-29 - A complete ABB power and propulsion solution for Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas – the largest and most spectacular cruise ship ever built – will consume considerably less fuel than alternative solutions and achieve uniquely high performance levels.

By ABB Communications

Equipped with three ABB Azipod® propulsion units and a complete ABB power generation and distribution system, Oasis of the Seas will set a new standard for fuel efficiency, ship maneuverability and passenger comfort when it enters into service in December 2009. The ship is currently under construction at Aker Yards’ Turku shipyard in Finland.

At 220,000 gross tons and costing an estimated $1.2 billion, the ship will be almost 50 percent larger than the current largest cruise vessels - Royal Caribbean’s Freedom class of three luxury liners, the third of which, Independence of the Seas, was launched earlier this year.

Oasis of the Seas will span 16 decks and rise 65 meters above the waterline. It will be the length and width of three full-size soccer fields (360 meters x 47 meters) and will carry more than 5,400 guests and a crew of 2,800.


Long-term innovation
Azipod combines cutting-edge power, propulsion and automation technologies into a single, high-performance and fuel-efficient solution

The ship will feature seven themed areas as its main attractions. They include an amphitheatre with a stunning backdrop over the ocean, a large Central Park landscaped area with seasonal flower gardens and canopy trees, a Boardwalk amusement strip like its namesakes in Coney Island and Atlantic City, and a Royal Promenade with bars, eateries and coffee shops.

Like most other cruise ships in Royal Caribbean’s 21-ship fleet, Oasis of the Seas will be equipped with a complete ABB power and propulsion solution that enables the vessel to operate at high levels of fuel efficiency, ship maneuverability and passenger comfort.

ABB’s extensive scope of supply includes three ABB Azipod propulsion units, three ACS6000 medium voltage drives, six main generators, 11 kV main switchboards, six propulsion transformers, four thruster motors, distribution and propulsion excitation transformers, and substation switchgear.
Oasis of the Seas will be equipped with a complete ABB power and propulsion solution that enables the vessel to operate at unrivalled levels of fuel efficiency, ship maneuverability and passenger comfort.


Azipod is the unique azimuthing podded propulsion system, providing both vessel propulsion and steering in a single space-saving unit. Compared to conventional shaftline propulsion, the electrically powered Azipod enables more payload to be transported at higher speed using less energy.

Exceptional maneuverability (full thrust in all directions), smooth operation at cruising speeds, imperceptible levels of noise and vibrations, and significantly lower fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are the hallmarks of the Azipod solution.

Azipod is installed in around 70 vessels, from cruise liners to icebreakers and drilling rigs, and has accumulated more than 3.8 million operational hours.

The sister ship of Oasis of Seas, Allure of the Seas, which is scheduled for launch in 2010, will also be equipped with an ABB power and Azipod propulsion solution.



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    Oasis of the Sea under construction as of July 2008 at Aker Yards’ Turku shipyard in Finland.

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