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22 March 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 17:12 GMT+1

June 25, 2018

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ABB will supply the feeding and the propulsion electrical worker for the new fleet of Virgin Voyages

The three ships of the company will be completed by Fincantieri in 2020, 2021 and 2022

Helvetic group ABB will supply the complete package of feeding and propulsion electrical worker for the new fleet of Virgin Voyages, company constituted from the Virgin group in order to enter in the field of the cruises that will become operating in 2020 when it will take in delivery before three ships ordered to the Fincantieri(on December 5, 2014 and 24 june 2015).

Each of the ships from 110.000 tons of tonnage, that 278 meters will be long, wide 38 and they will be able to accommodate ognuna beyond 2.700 passengers and 1,150 members of the crew, will be equipped of the Azipod propulsion of ABB, an adjustable system to 360 degrees in which the electric motor it is placed in a pod submergeeed under the hull. Being the propeller installed outside of the hull, free space for ulterior cabins and, thanks to the reduction it is of the noisiness that of the vibrations, this type of propulsion improves also comfort of the passengers and the crew. Moreover the ability to being able to rotate the engine of propulsion in all the directions facilitates the access and the mooring of the cruise ships to the ports without the assistance of tugs.

Two units Azipod XO, with a power of propulsion arranged of 32 MW (43,000 HP) will set in action each of the three ships of Virgin Voyages. Moreover every ship will be equipped of a system ABB of production and distribution electrical worker, that it comprises main generators, switchboards, transformers of distribution and a system of remote control from the bridge in order to maneuver the Azipod units.

ABB has emphasized that the Azipod propulsion, thanks to its proven ability to reduce the fuel burnup until 15% regarding the traditional systems of propulsion, from the first realized installation 25 years ago has allowed to save about 700.000 tons of fuel, being arrived almost 15 million hours of operation and with an elevated rate operativity pairs to 99.8%.

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