Navantia contract marks first Azipod naval retrofit order


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ABB has been awarded a first contract for the retrofit of its Azipod® units to a naval vessel. Navantia, the Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company, awarded a contract to retrofit the Spanish Navy flagship, Juan Carlos I, with an electrical propulsion system based on dual ABB Azipod units. 

Due for completion in 2025, the project is the first of its kind on a naval ship. Following the commissioning, Juan Carlos I will benefit from enhanced efficiency and maneuverability to support its varied and demanding naval operations.

The contract follows a study undertaken by ABB in 2020 to determine the feasibility of installing new propulsors on the ship. The study identified ABB Azipods as a solution to meet the vessel’s requirements for reliability, efficiency, maneuverability and safety.

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