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ABB Cruises Through Propulsion Order

Posted on February 9, 2011

ABB, a power and automation technology group, has received an order worth more than US$50 million (€36.4 million) to provide power and propulsion systems for two next-generation cruise ships to be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, for Norwegian Cruise Line.

Meyer Werft, founded in 1795, is known for building large cruise liners. Each new ship is 143 500 gt and will be able to carry more than 4000 passengers, according to the company.

The order includes power generation and distribution systems, thruster motors and two 17.5 MW propulsion systems including transformers, drives and Azipod XO propulsion units. ABB’s Azipod propulsion is designed to use less fuel than traditional systems and provide better maneuverability in all operating conditions, the company said.

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