Three new hybrid-electric ferries to be built at Remontowa Shiprepair Yard SA in Gdańsk for Polish ferry company, Polskie Promy, are to have power, automation, and propulsion systems supplied by ABB.
The 195m-long ships will carry cars and passengers on routes across the Baltic Sea, an Emission Control Area, and are due for delivery one apiece in 2025, 2026, and 2027. The order, placed by the shipbuilder, was booked by ABB in the first quarter of this year. Its value was not disclosed.
The power and automation company will supply two 7.5-MW Azipod® electric propulsion units for each ship, Power and Energy Management Systems (PEMSTM) to balance the use of different energy sources, battery packs, shipside connections to access shore power, and remote equipment monitoring and diagnostics systems.
Demand amongst ferry operators for Azipod propulsion is on the rise, ABB said in a statement. Its attractions include space savings within the hull because the systems are positioned externally, improved manoeuvrability with 360° rotation of podded propellers, less noise and reduced vibration.
Bartosz Znyk, Remontowa’s project director, commented: “With ABB, we have full confidence that all systems will be seamlessly integrated for maximum operational efficiency and sustainability. In addition, the ease of installing Azipod units significantly increases the build efficiency and flexibility in project scheduling, support out shipbuilding process.”
ABB to provide power systems for three Baltic ferries