ABB to provide Ponant with MarineCare services for polar vessel

ABB to provide Ponant with MarineCare services for polar vessel

ABB Marine & Ports

The agreement will increase safety operations onboard Le Commandant Charcot

MarineCare services provider ABB has signed a 10-year agreement with Ponant to support safety operations onboard Le Commandant Charcot, the cruise line’s Polar Class 2 expedition vessel.

As part of the service agreement, ABB will provide 24-hour remote support from eight global operation centres, including diagnostic and condition monitoring, as well as preventative and planned maintenance services. The agreement also includes a warranty for the ship’s energy storage system, which was supplied and integrated by ABB.

Other key benefits of ABB MarineCare include increased safety, reduced operational, maintenance and administration costs and maximised vessel uptime.

“At Ponant, we take great pride in allowing our guests to experience the most awe-inspiring destinations on Earth, secure in the knowledge that their safety and the health of the environment are our utmost priorities,” said Mathieu Petiteau, director of newbuilding at Ponant. “ABB’s support ensures optimised performance of our advanced ABB technology on a continuous basis, bringing us complete peace of mind and allowing us to focus on delivering a unique travel experience.”

Le Commandant Charcot features ABB Azipod propulsion units, which have a combined power of 34 megawatts and can rotate 360 degrees, increasing the manoeuvrability and operating efficiency of the vessel.

“Ponant’s high standards in safety and sustainability are crucial when operating in isolated environments such as the Arctic and Antarctica,” said Jyri Jusslin, head of service at ABB Marine & Ports. “Our MarineCare agreement ensures that Le Commandant Charcot has full access to our remote services wherever in the world she is sailing, and offer the ship’s crew continuous training to help them respond to any unforeseen issues.”

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Alice Chambers
By Alice Chambers
31 March 2022

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