ABB to power Norwegian's two Breakaway Plus-class ships

ABB to power Norwegian's two Breakaway Plus-class ships
ABB will also supply the same propulsion technology onboard Norwegian Escape

ABB is to provide Azipod XO propulsion units for two of Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest Breakaway Plus-class newbuilds, which are currently under construction in Germany.

As part of the US$60 million contract, ABB will provide complete electric power plants, generators and drives to the 164,000gt vessels, which will be delivered by Meyer Werft in the second quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2019.

In addition, ABB will equip the ships with its fuel-saving Azipod XO electrical propulsion systems, which have already been implemented on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, as well as Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss, which are also under construction at Meyer Werft.

“ABB designed the Axipod XO concept to reduce ship lifecycle costs and increase the profitability of vessels, and this repeat order with Meyer Werft, the world’s leading cruise ship builder, is a validation to the customer value our flagship propulsion solution delivers,” said Heikki Soljama, managing director for ABB’s Marine and Ports Business. “We value the longstanding relationship with Norwegian Cruise Line and are dedicated to earning its confidence in the reliability and quality of our solutions.”

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