Good News from Fri, 13 April, 2012:

ABB Finland to maintain propulsion systems for cruise liners

The first Azipod propulsion system was installed in a passenger vessel in 1998. The first Azipod propulsion system was installed in a passenger vessel in 1998.

ABB has signed a 15-year service contract with Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise-ship operator. The contract covers regular maintenance and upgrading on all Carnival ships equipped with the Azipod propulsion system.

Twenty of Carnival’s cruise ships are equipped with the Azipod propulsion unit, which was developed in Finland and gives vessels improved manoeuvrability and energy efficiency.

— The upgrades will improve the energy efficiency of the Azipod units by an additional 2.5 to 4 per cent, which translates into energy consumption savings of as much as USD 1 million annually per ship. In addition to the cost savings, the equipment will also perform better and have an extended life, says Juha Koskela, Business Unit Manager, Marine & Cranes, ABB.

ABB’s energy-efficient Azipod uses up to 20 per cent less fuel than traditional propulsion systems. The fuel savings stem from the undisturbed water flow to the propellers. Azipod ships have better manoeuvrability thanks to the 360-degree freely rotating steering unit.

ABB Finland’s Marine & Cranes unit in the Vuosaari district of Helsinki develops electrical and automation solutions for the global marine industry. ABB employs more than 135,000 people in some 100 countries. Close to 7,000 are employed in Finland.

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MK