October 10, 2003

ABB electric power for Hamburg Sud box ships

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd has selected ABB to deliver the medium-voltage electric power systems for six 4,000 TEU reefer containerships ordered by Germany's Hamburg Sud. The vessels will be delivered throughout 2004 and into the second quarter of 2005.

New generation container vessels feature a high portion of dedicated reefer containers, requiring a high amount of electric power--typically over 15 MW. With this power demand, medium-voltage electrical systems provide important advantages over conventional low-voltage systems.

ABB has developed medium-voltage solutions that meet the stringent safety, reliability and cost efficiency requirements of leading shipowners and yards.

For the six Hamburg Sud ships, ABB Marine will supply the main and "ring-net" type switchboards for distribution of electric power to the reefer containers.

Delivery to each vessel will include the 6.6 kV main and cargo switchboards, bow thruster starters, battery systems, as well as system engineering and network studies.

The vessels will be built to the new Germanischer Lloyd class for reefer containers RCP (Refrigerated Container Stowage Positions), which specifies accurate requirements for reefer container vessels.

In the last five years ABB Marine has received orders for more than 30 reefer container vessels applying medium-voltage power systems. With the increased number of this type of vessel in service, ABB views the market segment as an important area of focus.

In cooperation with leading shipyards, ABB has also made studies and tank tests applying electric propulsion systems for large container vessels.

Safety through redundancy and improved maneuverability, design flexibility and all-round economic advantages are factors that point to electric propulsion as the next technological advance for container vessels of the next generation.

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