Azipods ordered for two RCL cruise ships

17 Apr 2012
ABB’s Azipods are being delivered for the ‘Project Sunshine’ cruise ships on order at Meyer Werft

ABB’s Azipods are being delivered for the ‘Project Sunshine’ cruise ships on order at Meyer Werft

ABB has announced orders valued at more than $60 million to provide complete power and Azipod propulsion systems for two new cruise ships to be built by Meyer Werft for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The ABB order for the first ship was booked in 2011 and for the second vessel in the first quarter of 2012. The ships are the first in Royal Caribbean’s new class of cruise ships, currently named ‘Project Sunshine.’ The 158,000-gt ships will have a capacity of more than 4,100 passengers; in addition to redesigned spaces to optimise capacity and fuel use while maintaining passenger comfort, RCL and Meyer Werft will incorporate various energy efficiency and environmental technologies on the ship.

ABB will supply a complete electrical systems for the new ships, the delivery for each ship includes power generation and distribution systems, thruster motors, and two 20.5MW propulsion systems including transformers, drives and two Azipod XO propulsion units. The Azipod propulsion is claimed to use less fuel than traditional systems, and to provide greater manoeuvrability in all operating conditions.

ABB says that its delivery will help the new ships maximise their fuel efficiency, speed and manoeuvrability, reduce emissions, as well as provide a reliable power supply to improve the availability of on-board equipment, to help RCL meet its energy efficiency and environmental impact targets.

“ABB offers the cruise ship industry the latest generation of technical solutions and solid electrical infrastructure that optimize vessel performance while enhancing passenger comfort and safety,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s process automation division. “We are pleased that as the cruise ship market rebounds, a number of shipbuilders have chosen our market-leading Azipod propulsion systems for the next generation of cruise vessels.”

ABB says that its has won a number of large cruise ship orders for its Azipod propulsion in the first quarter of 2012. Azipod propulsion systems are said to impact on the operating efficiency of ships and floating vessels, and can reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 20%.

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