Tech company ABB signed a contract with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to deliver 8 mid-range Azipod propulsion systems for 4 forthcoming medium-sized cruise vessels.
Each of the ships is to be equipped with two 7,7-megawatt Azipod units.
According to ABB, the system meets the design requirements of contemporary medium-sized ships. The Azipod technology is due to optimize maneuverability/reduce noise and vibrations.
With the electric drive motor that is housed within a pod outside the hull, the system can rotate 360 degrees, thus increasing maneuverability/allowing vessels to dock in harbors where turning circles are restricted.
The propulsion can improve a vessel’s hydrodynamic performance and cut fuel consumption by up to 20% in comparison to a traditional shaft line setup.
Space is saved by locating the motor outside the cruise ship to allow for a flexible design. It frees up space for cargo, cabins, or other features.
Juha Koskela (Division President, ABB Marine & Ports) said the order represented a significant milestone for their advanced mid-range Azipod propulsors, "once again demonstrating their environmental and operational benefits."
The Azipod system features ABB’s 4th-generation permanent magnet motors, refined for added power/efficiency. Its compatibility with alternative energy sources makes it the future-proof solution ready to work with new and cleaner fuels as soon as they become available.
Alongside the Azipod units, ABB’s full scope of supply includes transformers, propulsion drives, and control systems.