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ABB Wins Azipod Propulsion Orders

Posted on October 20, 2006

ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, announced today it has signed contracts worth 210 million euros to supply Azipod propulsion, power generation and distribution systems for a total of 11 vessels. They are being built by Admiralty Shipyard, Aker Yards, Fincantieri, Meyer Werft and for Sovcomflot, MMC Norilsk Nickel, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Crociere and Holland America Line.

Two Arctic shuttle tankers for Sovcomflot will be equipped with two 8.5 MW Azipod units with ice class LU6 according to Russian Maritime Register rules. The vessels will be built at the Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg, Russia and they will be designed to use the DA (Double Acting) concept. The ABB delivery also includes medium voltage generators, main switchboards, transformers, and frequency converters. This contract is the first Azipod system delivery for ABB Marine to Russian shipyards and the ship deliveries are scheduled for 2009.

Four Arctic container vessels for Norilsk Nickel will each be equipped with a 13 MW Azipod unit. The ships will be designed to operate as double acting ships, which means that the main mode of operation in heavy ice conditions is aft first. The design will fulfill the Russian Maritime Register ice class LU7 requirements. The ABB delivery also includes medium voltage power generation and distribution systems. Delivery from Aker Yards in Germany is scheduled for 2008 and 2009.

Royal Caribbean’s Genesis project will be equipped with three Azipod units. She will be the biggest cruise liner in the world with 220,000 in gross tonnage, 360 m in length and accommodation for 5400 passengers when she enters service in autumn 2009. The vessel will be built by Aker Yards, Finland. Finally, two cruise vessels, one each for Holland America Line and Costa Crociere, will be equipped with two 17.6 MW Azipod units each. The ship deliveries are scheduled for 2008 and 2009. The vessels will be built by Fincantieri, Italy.

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