Power and automation technology provider ABB is to deliver complete electrical power plants and propulsion systems for two Star Cruises newbuilds, which will be built at the Meyer Werft yard in Papenburg, Germany.
As part of the US$60 million contract, ABB will supply each ship with a complete power generation and distribution system, thruster motors, and the latest Azipod XO propulsion system, which has a power output of 20.5 megawatts. ABB’s energy efficient Azipod propulsion uses less fuel than traditional systems and provides increased manoeuvrability in all operating conditions.
“This order from Meyer Werft for Star Cruises’ vessels demonstrates that leading cruise ship owners, in addition to prioritising passenger comfort, demand outstanding maneuverability and overall cost efficiency from the vessels,” said Heikki Soljama, managing director of ABB’s Marine and Ports unit. “Our successful track record in delivering technical solutions to meet these demands has resulted in ABB establishing a leading position in the cruise vessel market.”
Star Cruises’ 150,000gt ships will be 330 metres long and will each accommodate 4,925 passengers in 1,682 cabins. The ships will be delivered in autumn 2016 and 2017. ABB previously provided equipment for Star Cruises’ SuperStar Leo and SuperStar Virgo, which were built by Meyer Werft.
“Star Cruises has successfully operated cruise vessels with conventional ABB electric propulsion since late 1990s,” said Captain Gustaf Grönberg, senior vice president of Marine Operations and Newbuilding at Star Cruises. “For our newbuild project, we evaluated alternative propulsion concepts and selected Azipod because the proven fuel savings and improved safety of operations are a good match with our needs.”