ABB propulsion for LNG fast ferry

Tallink Group’s new LNG ferry will be equipped with ABB electrical propulsion Tallink Group’s new LNG ferry will be equipped with ABB electrical propulsion

Power and automation expert, ABB, has won the contract to deliver the complete electric power plant, electrical propulsion systems and energy management solution for Tallink Grupp´s new LNG powered fast ferry.

The 212m ferry will be built at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland for delivery at the beginning of 2017.

Heikki Soljama, managing director for ABB’s marine and ports business, said: “Electrical propulsion is a natural choice for modern LNG-powered ferries that require efficient and reliable solutions that increase the vessel’s flexibility.”

ABB’s delivery will help the new ship to minimise fuel and power consumption while providing reliable power supply for all the electrical power equipment and systems onboard the LNG powered ferry.

The power plant and propulsion systems order includes synchronous propulsion motors and ACS600SD drives, medium voltage generators, the main switchboard, propulsion transformers and thruster motors.

Energy efficiency will be taken one step further with ABB’s energy management system EMMA, which will support the vessels’ crew in managing energy-related processes helping to minimise the vessel's overall energy costs.

When completed, the ferry will operate between Tallinn in Estonia and Helsinki in Finland, transporting the vast majority of passenger traffic in the Port of Tallinn.

Wärtsilä has already been selected to power the ferry with three 12-cylinder 50DF and two 6-cylinder 50DF main engines, as well as two fixed-pitch propellers and propeller shaft lines. The equipment will be delivered to the yard for early 2016.

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