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14 December 2018 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 19:16 GMT+1

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ABB celebrates the 100 orders of cruise ships on which the own propulsive Azipod constituents are installed

The first store clerk for the innovative system goes back to 1995

Helvetic group ABB has celebrated the attainment of the quota 100 orders of cruise ships on which the propulsive planned and realized Azipod constituents are installed from the Swiss company. The goal is conquered with the order for propulsive destined to the new cruise ship icebreaker that the crocieristica company Ponant has commissioned at the end last year to the shipbuilding society Vard of the Fincantieri group and that it will be completed in 2021(on 19 December 2017).

The Azipod system is constituted by a set in action propeller electrically that it is mounted on an adjustable support called pod that can rotate of 360° and that therefore it can supply propulsive thrust in any direction offering optimal maneuverability to the ship.

"We are pleased - the managing director of ABB Marine & Ports has declared, Juha Koskela - than for its pioneering ship Ponant has chosen to entrust itself to the absolute experience of ABB is in the propulsion of cruise ships that of icebreaker. Currently - Koskela has remembered - the Azipod units supply reliable, sure and more sustainable propulsion than 80 ships that navigate in ice-waters and the attainment of the cent order for cruise ships testifies of the ABB engagement towards a technology with advanced performances,".

The first order to ABB for the installation of Azipod on cruise ships goes back to 1995 in order to equip of the innovative systems of propulsion of the Helvetic group the Elation ships and Paradise of class "Fantasy" of the American company Carnival Cruise Line. In 1997 the order emitted from the other primary American company Royal Caribbean Cruises for three Azipod units is followed to install on the greatest cruise ship of the time, the Voyager of the Seas. Successively the store clerks for these systems of propulsion have multiplied themselves.

"At the beginning of years ‘90 - Marcus Hõgblom has remembered, in charge of the division Passenger, Ice & Dry Cargo of ABB Marine & Ports - we have entered in the market of the cruises with a technology that offers a gain of efficiency of the 10-15% regarding the conventional systems and with a construction gearless that it reduces the environmental impact. From then the market of the cruises it has more and more demanded the Azipod propulsion. We estimate - it has emphasized Hõgblom - than in the field of the cruises, thanks to the choice of the Azipod, are realized energy savings pairs to 700 thousand tons of fuel".

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