ABB advanced propulsion systems in new generation cruise ships

Recent orders strengthen ABB’s position as world leading supplier of Azipod propulsion technology in growing cruise vessel market

Zurich, Switzerland, June 17, 1998 - ABB, the international electrical engineering company, has been awarded contracts to supply innovative electric propulsion systems for three new luxury cruise vessels, with provisional orders on a further three ships. The total value of all the orders is about US$ 100 million. The vessels, each of which is capable of carrying more than 2,000 passengers, are being built by Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland and Meyer-Werft in Germany and are expected to be delivered between 2000 and 2003. The ships have been ordered by Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International, both of the U.S. and Costa Crociere, Italy.

Under the terms of the orders, ABB will deliver for each vessel the electric power system combined with two Azipod propulsion units rated at between 17,600 kilowatts (23,000 horsepower) and 19,500 kilowatts (25,500 horsepower). The Azipod (Azimuthing electric podded propulsion) concept replaces the propeller driveshafts, rudders, reduction gears and other propulsion components found on conventional vessels with a single pod and propeller capable of turning 360 degrees. The pod’s hydrodynamic design has reduced fuel consumption by eight percent on earlier vessels, with a corresponding impact on fuel emissions. The maneuverability of the Azipod speeds up navigation in harbors and allows safer operation in harsh weather or in conditions where space is restricted. Because the system eliminates the need for long shaftlines and other equipment, it provides greater passenger or cargo space and shortens vessel construction times. The Azipod also runs more quietly and with less vibration than conventional propulsion systems. As a result, it is becoming the preferred propulsion technology for the growing number of new large cruise ships being built around the world.
Azipod technology was jointly developed by ABB and Kvaerner Masa-Yards. A total of 37 units have been ordered for cruise ships, tankers, offshore oil and gas vessels as well as ice breakers since 1990.
ABB is the world’s largest supplier of diesel-electric marine propulsion systems and also delivers turbochargers, air conditioning, gas turbines, automation systems, drives, and other products for marine applications. The ABB Group employs approximately 213,000 people with orders in 1997 of about US$ 35 billion. (End)

    •   Cancel
      • Twitter
      • Facebook
      • LinkedIn
      • Weibo
      • Print
      • Email
    •   Cancel

    Contact us

    seitp222 c1256c290031524bc12567310024e1f2