Azipods for Russian icebreaker

01 Oct 2012
ABB’s Azipod for icebreaking ships

ABB’s Azipod for icebreaking ships

ABB has announced an order worth $35 million from Baltic Shipyard to supply propulsion and electrical systems for a new icebreaker vessel under construction for Russia’s state shipping company Rosmorport FSUE.

The 25MW diesel-electric icebreaker will operate on the Northern Sea Route, the Arctic seas and estuaries of rivers discharging into the Arctic Ocean. The icebreaker will be able to proceed continuously both ahead and astern at the 2 knots in ice up to 2m thick with 20cm of snow cover and temperatures down to -35°C. The Azipod propulsion system is claimed to offer gains in energy efficiency, with up to 20% reduction in fuel consumption.

ABB’s scope of supply encompasses the integrated power generation and distribution systems, thruster motors, fire-fighting pump motors as well as the 25MW propulsion systems. The vessel features two Azipod thruster units each of power output 7.5MW and one centreline shaft with a FP propeller providing an additional 10MW output. All Azipod propulsion units for this project are specifically designed for extreme Arctic ice class RMRS Icebreaker-8.

“The extreme conditions north of the Arctic Circle demand constant availability and high-energy efficiency from all systems on board,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s process automation division. “ABB’s solutions will ensure the reliability and manoeuvrability required for this type of ship’s operation. This agreement represents a very significant milestone for us, underlining our excellent reputation in the Russian market as a long-term, reliable partner and reinforcing our global leadership in supplying propulsion for icebreaking vessels.”

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