Azipod takes off

ABB has signed contracts worth some $80 million to supply its Azipod propulsion, electrical power and automation systems for five new marine vessels.

The first of the orders is for Royal Caribbean’s second Ultra Voyager vessel that will be built at Kvaerner Masa yards in Finland, with delivery set for spring 2007.

ABB will supply three 14 Megawatt (MW) Azipod units, one fixed and two maneuverable at the stern. In addition, ABB will provide a marine power plant consisting of six main generators, main switchboard, four bow thruster motors and 18 transformers.

The second shipment of Azipods will be for two train ferries for Sinorail Bohai Train Ferry Company that will be built at Tianjin Xingang shipyard in China. Here, ABB will supply a medium-voltage power plant with four generators and Compact Azipod units rated at 4MW each. The new ferries are scheduled for delivery in June and December 2006.

Next up, there is an Arctic container vessel for Russia’s Norilsk Nickel that will be built by Kvaerner Masayards to carry minerals on the northern sea route to Murmansk. Designed to Russian Maritime Register ice class LU7, the vessel will be equipped with one 13MW Azipod unit, ABB medium-voltage power generation and distribution systems. Delivery for this vessel is scheduled for early 2006.

Lastly, a new cruise vessel for the Carnival Corporation will be equipped with two 17.6MW Azipod units and medium-voltage power systems. This vessel will be built by the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

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