ABB’s Azipod propulsion systems can reduce fuel consumption and noise, as well as improve manoeuvrability (Image: ABB)
Multinational technology firm ABB is to provide two Azipod steerable propulsion systems for the first cruise ship built in China for the local population.
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co will build the 323-metre vessel to accommodate 5,000 passengers. The ship will be operated by CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited, a joint venture between Carnival Corporation and China State Shipbuilding Corporation. The vessel is due for delivery in 2023 and has been designed specifically for the Chinese cruise market, which is expected to attract 8-10 million guests each year by 2025, according to Cruise Lines International Association.
“With this project, China is making great strides in cruise ship building,” said Gang Chen, general manager of Shanghai Waogaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. “We believe the key to success is in working closely with experienced stakeholders and our selection of ABB is based on its unparalleled know-how of the cruise market, as well as capabilities and understanding of running projects locally in China. I’m looking forward to seeing the close cooperation between ABB and the shipyard to provide high level solutions and services for the first cruise vessel built in China.”
ABB’s Azipod units will reduce the ship’s fuel consumption by up to 15%, minimise noise and offer 360-degree manoeuverability. The Azipod motor will be located below the hull of the ship.
The package also includes an electric power plant concept with generators, switchboards, transformers and a propulsion control system for moving the Azipods which can be integrated with the former to optimise energy efficiency.
“We are truly honoured to be part of this breakthrough project for China’s first home-built cruise vessel,” said Peter Terwiesch, president of Industrial Automation at ABB. “ABB has a long-standing history in delivering electric, digital and connected solutions to the cruise market globally, and with our strong local experience and proven solutions, we are committed to support China’s current and future cruise demands.”
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