ABB win Star Cruises propulsion contract

ABB's Azipod XO propulsion system generates a power output of 20.5MW ABB's Azipod XO propulsion system generates a power output of 20.5MW

ABB has been awarded orders worth US$60m to provide electrical power plant and propulsion systems for two Star Cruises vessels to be built by Meyer Werft at its Papenburg yard.

The power and automation technology company will supply complete electrical systems for the vessels, including power generation and distribution systems and thruster motors, as well as its latest-generation Azipod XO propulsion system, with a power output of 20.5MW.

ABB claims the Azipod propulsion uses less fuel than traditional systems and provides greater manoeuvrability in all operating conditions.

Captain Gustaf Grönberg, senior vice president marine operations and newbuilding, Star Cruises added: “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.”

The 150,000 gross tonnage, 330m cruise ships with 1,682 passenger cabins will be able to accommodate 4,925 passengers each and will be delivered in fall 2016 and 2017.  Star Cruises' SuperStar Leo and Superstar Virgo were also built by Meyer Werft and feature ABB technology.

[The timelapse video below shows the construction of ABB's Azipod propulsion system]

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