The Azipod® propulsion units will installed on four cruise ships (Source: ABB)

ABB lands Azipod cruise contract

ABB has won a deal to provide Azipod® propulsion units for four cruise ships built by Fincantieri. The company will provide eight 7.7-MW Azipods for the medium-sized cruise vessels, due for delivery between 2024 and 2027.

Azipod technology has a range of benefits, not least fuel savings of up to 20%, the company said in a statement. However, the systems also optimise manoeuvrability, reduce vibration, and provide a more comfortable cruising environment for passengers, it added. The latest Azipod systems feature ABB’s fourth-generation permanent magnet motors, which generate more power and are said to be more reliable and easier to maintain.

Massimo Costa, vice president Purchasing Merchant Ships Division at Fincantieri, commented: "We are looking forward to working with our long-term, trusted partner ABB on these newbuilds that promise optimum sustainability, passenger comfort and safety. The Azipod propulsion system has demonstrated its value in the cruise sector over three decades and has become the industry standard, meaning that the customer can count on proven technology and unparalleled experience."

ABB Marine & Ports’ Division President, Juha Koskela, said: "We are honoured to supply an integrated propulsion system to ensure the ultimate cruise experience on board these four vessels. This order represents a significant milestone for our advanced mid-range Azipod propulsors, once again demonstrating their environmental and operational benefits."

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
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