ABB Azipod propulsion for NCL newbuilds

Azipod XO propulsion units will power two new vessels to be built for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) by Meyer Werft, under a US$60 million contract with ABB.

The 164,000gt Breakaway-Plus class cruise ships will be delivered in Q2 2018 and Q4 2019, and will join several other NCL vessels in housing Azipod systems. ABB will also deliver complete electric power plants, generators and drives to the ships.
“ABB designed the Axipod XO concept to reduce ship lifecycle costs and increase the profitability of vessels, and this repeat order with Meyer Werft is a validation to the customer value our solution delivers”, said Heikki Soljama, managing director of ABB’s Marine and Ports Business. 

The Azipod gearless steerable propulsion system features an electric drive motor is in a submerged pod outside the ship hull. ABB says the Azipod XO concept is designed to reduce vessel lifecycle costs and increase ship profitability, providing high efficiency, excellent manoeuvrability and increased transportation capacity.

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