ABB won $180 million orders in 2013 to deliver complete electrical power plants and propulsion systems for six new cruise liners including the latest-generation Azipod XO units.
The six ships include two for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), two for Royal Caribbean International and one each for Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Lines - the leading brands in the cruise market.
Azipod is an electric propulsion unit, located in a submerged pod outside the ship hull. The pod contains a variable-speed electric motor which drives a fixed-pitch propeller, and can be rotated around its vertical axis to provide propulsion thrust freely in any direction. The The rudders, stern transversal thrusters or long shaft lines inside the ship's hull are not needed in Azipod propulsion system.
"This is a remarkable run of orders for our cruise-ship power and propulsion systems, confirming ABB's leading position in this high-end market. Since the launch of the Azipod XO, nearly all of the ships ordered will be equipped with this new generation unit," said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB's Process Automation division.
ABB will supply Azipod XO units with 40 MW combined propulsion power, generators, transformers, frequency converters and related power system equipment. The installation includes ABB's new Intelligent Maneuvering Interface (IMI), equipped with the 'red dot' design award-winning ABB Azimuth lever and the Azipod Dynamic Optimising system.
The ships for the Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Lines currently under construction in Italy, will be suppled with complete electrical power plant and propulsion system with 28 MW of power, and ABB power plant and propulsion systems augmented by generators, main switchboards, a remote control system and distribution transformers respectively.
One of the liners for Royal Caribbean International, the Oasis 3, will be equipped with three 20 MW Azipod XO units from ABB. The 225,282 gt, 5,400 passenger-capacity ship will also be equipped with ABB propulsion transformers, propulsion drives and remote control systems. The other, being built by Meyer Werft GmbH, will feature two 20,5 MW Azipod XO propulsion systems as well as generators, main switchboard, a remote control system, bow thruster motors and set of transformers.