Asian cruise line chooses latest propulsion, automation systems

Illustration of the “Endeavour Class” polar expedition mega-yacht, to be fitted with ABB equipment

Three Crystal Cruises “Endeavour Class” polar expedition mega-yachts will each be powered by two Azipod D units while two of the largest “Global Class” 204,000gt cruise vessels under construction for Star Cruises and intended for the Asian market will each have three Azipod XO thruster installations.
All of the vessels will operate with ABB automation systems and have Intelligent Maneuvering Interface and Octopus marine software to optimise energy management. The cruise ships are due for delivery from 2019 onwards.
The three Polar Class 6 mega-yachts come at a time of growing interest in polar cruising and ABB’s vice president of global sales, passenger vessels and Azipod propulsion noted that ABB’s expertise in the cruise and ice-going sectors means that the company is well-positioned to support its customers with their new projects.
Azipod propulsion has several benefits in cruise ship applications. Azipods save space over shaft-line systems whilst offering greater efficiency and improved manoeuvrability. About two thirds of large modern cruise ships, icebreakers and high ice-class cargo vessels are fitted with Azipod propulsion.

Five new cruise vessels being built at MV Werften in Germany for two brands within the Genting Hong Kong group will feature ABB propulsion based on Azipods, electric power plants, automation and marine software systems.

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