ABB will equip five newbuild Fincantieri cruise ships with Azipod electric propulsion to significantly reduce fuel consumption onboard.

Azipod propulsion

Five newbuild Fincantieri cruise ships will feature ABB Azipod electric propulsion. Photo: ABB

The order, worth around US$150m, will see each vessel powered by twin Azipod units, bringing the total ordered propulsion power for the five newbuilds to 178MW. The order includes the largest and most powerful Azipod propulsion units ever to be installed at Fincantieri, rating at 20MW each. The vessels will enter service between 2023 and 2026.

“We look forward to collaborating with Fincantieri on these world-class vessels, setting them on course for eco-conscious cruising,” said Juha Koskela, division president at ABB Marine & Ports. “Today’s passengers expect sustainable journeys, and we are honored to support Fincantieri’s environmental goals with our technology that stands for innovation and efficiency like no other.”

Fuel consumption cut

With the electric drive motor situated in a submerged pod outside the ship hull, the Azipod system can rotate 360 degrees, significantly increasing the maneuverability and operating efficiency of a vessel and cutting fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to conventional shaftline systems.

Each vessel will also feature ABB’s integrated electric power plant setup, encompassing generators, drives, switchboards, propulsion transformers and a remote-control system to maneuver the Azipod units from the bridge. Combining Azipod propulsion with the electric power plant allows the configuration of all relevant equipment for optimised performance, resulting in increased efficiency and sustainability of operations.