ABB to supply power and propulsion system for Antarctica21 polar expedition ship

Magellan Discoverer will be built by the Astillleros y Servicios Navales shipyard in Chile

ABB to supply power and propulsion system for Antarctica21 polar expedition ship


Magellan Discoverer is due to be delivered by Astillleros y Servicios Navales in 2026

By Alex Smith |

ABB is to supply a power and propulsion system for Antarctica21’s new expedition cruise ship Magellan Discoverer after being selected by the Astillleros y Servicios Navales (ASENAV) shipyard in Chile.

The scope of supply for the project comprises the Azipod propulsion system and a hybrid power plant featuring the Onboard DC Grid power distribution system, with a battery bank from Corvus Energy. The ship’s energy storage system will allow the engines to be switched off for silent operations in environmentally sensitive areas. The Onboard DC Grid system will also allow for the integration of a range of energy sources, ensuring that the vessel will be able to comply with stricter emission regulations in the future.

“We look forward to our collaboration with ASENAV and Antartica21,” said Juha Koskela, division president of ABB Marine & Ports. “Every new reference for Azipod propulsion and hybrid power systems is a victory for ship efficiency, taking the industry forward on the journey toward decarbonisation.”

The vessel is due to be delivered in 2026 and will be the first hybrid-electric polar cruise ship featuring Azipod propulsion to be built in the Americas. The ships will be able to accommodate up to 96 passengers and 67 crew members on its voyages, which will visit the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

“Manufacturing the first hybrid-electric cruise ship in the Americas solidifies our position as a highly competitive shipyard on a global scale,” said Heinz Pearce, general manager of ASENAV. “Alongside fostering new engineering solutions, we are constructing a vessel that meets the quality, comfort and sustainability needs currently demanded by the global tourism industry. With the support of our suppliers, such as ABB, we are now raising the standard in shipbuilding, leading the progress of an industry heading towards more sustainable development.”

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