ABB to supply propulsion package for Seabourn’s new cruise ships

Seabourn has selected an integrated power and propulsion package from ABB, including twin 6MW Azipod® propulsion units for two 23,000gt expedition newbuildings. Seabourn has selected an integrated power and propulsion package from ABB, including twin 6MW Azipod® propulsion units for two 23,000gt expedition newbuildings.
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Carnival Corporation’s ultra-luxury brand Seabourn has selected ABB to provide an integrated power and propulsion package for two ultra-luxury expedition newbuildings.

The contract covers two 170-metre long ships to be built at Italian shipyard T. Mariotti. The vessels are due to be delivered to the Seattle-based cruise company in June 2021 and May 2022 respectively. The vessels will have accommodation for up to 264 passengers.

ABB’s is supplying a power and propulsion package that integrates main generators, switchboard, convertors, bow thruster motors and the remote-control system in a single package, plus twin 6MW Azipod® propulsion units.

“The selection of ABB’s Azipod® propulsion was a natural decision for Seabourn because, in conjunction with our PC6 ice strengthened hull, they will provide excellent manoeuvrability and operational control in the polar and other regions around the globe,” said Rick Meadows, president of Seabourn. “Azipod® propulsion also means lower levels of vibration, which is a major plus for guest comfort. As a UNESCO World Heritage cruise partner, Seabourn also values the fact that Azipod® units enable sustainable operations.”

Azipod® propulsors have become the preferred solution for expedition ships in challenging conditions. To date, more than 20 exploration cruise ships have been specified with ABB’s Azipod® propulsion.

The vessels will be connected to ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations Center infrastructure, which monitors the performance of ABB technology on board and remotely connects operators with ABB experts. This is particularly important for ships operating in remote areas: the new Seabourn expedition ships are designed for operation in the summer and autumn season in the Antarctic and Arctic.

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