ABB Wins US$80 Million in Marine Contracts
ABB announced the signing of contracts worth some US$80 million to supply its Azipod propulsion, electrical power and automation systems for five new marine vessels. Royal Caribbean’s second Ultra Voyager vessel will be built at Kvaerner Masa yards in Finland, with delivery set for spring 2007. ABB will supply three 14 MW Azipod units, one fixed and two maneuverable at the stern. In addition, ABB will provide a marine power plant consisting of six main generators, main switchboard, four bow thruster motors and 18 transformers.
In addition, two train ferries for delivery to Sinorail Bohai Train Ferry will be built at Tianjin Xingang shipyard in China, and are said to be the first such vessels to operate in Bohai Bay. ABB will supply a medium-voltage power plant with four generators and compact Azipod units rated at 4 MW each. The ferries are scheduled for delivery in June and December 2006. An Arctic container vessel for Russia’s Norilsk Nickel will be built by Kvaerner Masayards to carry minerals on the northern sea route to Murmansk. Designed to Russian Maritime Register ice class LU7, the vessel will be equipped with one 13 MW Azipod unit, ABB medium-voltage power generation and distribution systems. Delivery is scheduled for early 2006. Also, a new cruise vessel for Carnival Corporation will be equipped with two 17.6 MW Azipod units and medium-voltage power systems. The vessel will be built by Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.