This Chinese train ferry will have Azipod propulsion

October 26, 2004

$80 million in Azipod orders

ABB has signed contracts worth some $80 million to supply Azipod propulsion, electrical power, distribution, and automation systems for a total of five vessel newbuildings. They are being built for Royal Caribbean International, Sinorail Bohai Train Ferry Co., LTD in China, MMC Norilsk Nickel in Russia and Carnival Corporation.

"These orders show again the benefits of podded propulsion systems by improving maneuverability, availability, passenger comfort and operational costs of the vessel together with the various benefits to the shipyard during the building period," says Heikki Soljama, President of ABB's global Marine business."These orders confirm the trust of our existing customers towards the Azipod and let us start working with new customers in China and Russia."

Royal Caribbean's cruise vessel newbuilding, the second Ultra Voyager, will be built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards and will be ready for delivery in spring 2007.

The ABB delivery includes the supply of three, 14 MW cycloconverter-controlled Azipod propulsion units, one being fixed midships and two steerable. In addition to the three Azipod propulsion units the ABB power plant consists of 6 main generators, 17.6 MVA (12.3 MW) each, 11 kV main switchboard, 4 bow thruster motors, 3.4 MW each, and 18 transformers.

The two train ferries for Sinorail Bohai Train Ferry will be built at Tianjin Xingang Shipyard in China.

They will be the first train ferries operating in Bohai Bay and will shorten the length of the journey between the cities Yantai and Dalian by 1000 km.

The ABB deliveries will include medium voltage power plant with 4 generators and PWM-DTC frequency converter controlled Compact Azipod units rated at 4,088 kW each. The ferries are scheduled for delivery in June and December 2006.

The Arctic container vessel for Norilsk Nickel will be built by Kvaerner Masa Yards in Finland. The vessel will operate in the Northern Sea Route of Russian carrying minerals from Dudinka on the river of Yenisay to Murmansk in Russia. The ship will apply double acting ship principle and is designed to Russian Maritime Register ice class LU7. The vessel will be equipped with one 13,000 kW Azipod Propulsion unit, medium voltage power generation and distribution systems. It will be delivered in early 2006.

The new cruise vessel for Carnival Corporation will be equipped with two 17,600 kW Azipod units and medium-voltage power systems. The vessel will be built by Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

Since the launch of the first Azipod propulsion system in 1990 a total of 141 units, ranging in power up to 20 MW, have been ordered.

Total operating experience with Azipod systems passed the 1,300, 000 hour milestone in August 2004. The accumulated on-hire time of vessels operating with Azipod propulsion is recorded as 99.75%.

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