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ABB ELECTRIC AZIPODS TO BE INSTALLED ON BULK CARRIERS

Monday, September 2, 2019 

ABB has reported that it is to enter a new market segment with an order to install Azipod electric propulsion on board two dry bulk carriers from Germany’s largest bulk carrier company Oldendorff Carriers.

The two self-loading and unloading dry cargo trans-shipment units will be the first bulk carriers in the industry to feature ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion. Both vessels, due for delivery to Oldendorff Carriers in 2021 from the Chengxi Shipyard in China, will be equipped with a complete power and propulsion solution from ABB.

Each 21,500 dwt vessel will feature two 1.9MW Azipod units. ABB will supply a range of electric, digital and connected solutions, including main diesel-electric power plant, generators, bow thruster motors, transformers, switchboards and the power management system for propulsion and cargo handling.

“The choice of Azipod electric propulsion system has reduced the investment costs dramatically as the vessels are already equipped with high power generation required for self-unloading/loading cargo handling,” said Jan Henneberg, Newbuilding Manager, Oldendorff Carriers. “These shuttle vessels must perform reliably over an extended period at maximum efficiency, and need to be especially maneuverable in shallow waters.”

Controlling a fleet of around 700 ships, some 95% of which are eco- newbuilds less than five yars old, Oldendorff Carriers is Germany’s largest operator of bulk carriers.

“This is a significant breakthrough for Azipod propulsion, reaching a ship type that some suggested would always remain closed to podded propulsion,” said Juha Koskela, MD ABB Marine & Ports. “We are especially pleased to add Oldendorff Carriers as an Azipod propulsion reference, considering its reputation for building and operating high quality, reliable and environmentally-friendly ships.”

The newbuild vessels are developed by Shanghai-based CS Marine design company together with Oldendorff Carriers. Oldendorff will deploy the vessels for trans-shipment operations – transfer of cargo offshore from oceangoing vessels before delivery to the final destination.

Once in operation, the vessels will be among over 1,000 ships connected to ABB Ability Collaborative Operation Centres from where ABB experts monitor operational shipboard systems and offer 24/7 remote support.

Today, the global bulk carrier fleet comprises over 11,000 vessels, and, according to BIMCO, is projected to grow by 3.1% in 2019. The association estimates a total of over 400 newbuild bulk carriers scheduled to be delivered for launch this year.

The Azipod® propulsion system, where the electric drive motor is in a submerged pod outside the ship hull, can rotate 360 degrees to increase manoeuvrability and operating efficiency, as well as maximize cargo space on board.

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