ABB to supply power and propulsion solutions for hybrid-electric ferries

ABB to supply power and propulsion solutions for hybrid-electric ferries

Remontowa Shiprepair Yard

The three ferries are being constructed by Remontowa Shiprepair Yard for operator Polskie Promy

ABB is to supply integrated power, automation and propulsion solutions to shipbuilder Remontowa Shiprepair Yard for three large passenger and car ferries that will operate in the Baltic Sea. 

Each of the ferries will be equipped with two 7.5-megawatt Azipod electric propulsion units to improve manoeuvrability and fuel efficiency during harbour operations. They will also feature ABB’s Power and Energy Management System, which is able to balance the use of different onboard energy sources to enable efficient use of available power. Finally, batteries will be installed onboard the vessels as a backup in the event of an engine failure. 

“With ABB, we have full confidence that all systems will be seamlessly integrated for maximum operational efficiency and sustainability,” said Bartosz Znyk, project director at Remontowa Shiprepair Yard. “In addition, the ease of installing Azipod units significantly increases build efficiency and flexibility in project scheduling, supporting our shipbuilding process.” 

The three ferries will also utilise ABB’s ship-side shore connection to access plug-in shore power, allowing them to reduce emissions while staying in port and benefit from remote equipment monitoring and diagnostics. 

“We take great pride in our collaboration with Remontowa and are delighted to support them in their strategy for environmentally friendly ferries,” said Juha Koskela, division president of ABB Marine & Ports. “This project presented us with an excellent opportunity to showcase our abilities as a single system, bridge-to-propeller integration provider.” 

The 195-metre-long ferries will each have capacity for up to 400 passengers and 200 trucks and will be delivered to Polish ferry operator Polskie Promy in 2025, 2026 and 2027.

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
05 April 2022

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