ABB and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings are to expand their partnership to accelerate the decarbonisation and digitalisation of the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) fleet. The agreement, which will focus on increasing safety and efficiency and reducing emissions, will cover 14 existing cruise ships as well as a further four vessels due for delivery by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri between 2025 and 2028.
As part of the agreement, ABB will provide preventative maintenance and modernisation services for the Azipod propulsion systems on NCL’s ships and will also install shore power on four vessels.
“We are pleased to solidify our long-term collaboration with ABB in a strategic partnership that aligns with our climate action strategy, centred as it is on the pillars of efficiency, innovation and collaboration,” said Patrik Dahlgren, executive vice president of vessel operations at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “With ABB’s support, we will accelerate the decarbonisation and digitalisation of our fleet, taking our operations another step towards a sustainable future.”
The Azipod propulsion system is a gearless, steerable propulsion system, which cuts fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent compared to conventional shaftline systems, according to ABB. The electric drive motor is in a pod outside the ship’s hull and can rotate 360 degrees to increase vessel manoeuvrability and efficiency.
“Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is a highly valued partner of ABB, and this agreement reaffirms the strong collaboration between our companies,” said Juha Koskela, division president, ABB Marine and Ports. “We are pleased to continue our collaboration and see our solutions and services playing an integral role in the modernisation of their growing cruise fleet. Through this collaboration, we will help Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to achieve safer and more efficient vessel operations while, more broadly, contributing to maritime decarbonisation.”