Breaking Up The Ice
ABB wins US$25 million order for two Russian rescue, salvage icebreaker vessels
ABB, a power and automation technology group, has received an order worth around US$25 million to supply its Azipod marine propulsion system and complete electric power plants for two new rescue and salvage icebreakers under construction at Nordic Yards GmbH in Germany.
ABB’s scope of supply will include 3.5 MW Azipod VI units, main switchboards, drives, bow thrusters and generators. Total power per vessel will be 7 MW.
The new vessels, owned by Russia’s State Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (SMRCC), will be used for patrols and rescue operations in offshore oil and gas fields. The vessels will be fitted with search and rescue equipment and are designed for Arctic conditions. They will receive Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS) Icebreaker 6 class notations to perform rescue operations in waters covered by ice of up to 1 m thick.