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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 

ABB has been awarded a contract to supply an integrated package, including two Azipod steerable propulsion systems, for China’s first home-built cruise ship, being contructed by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS).

The 323m vessel, due for delivery in 2023, will accommodate 5,000 passengers and is designed to suit the tastes of Chinese cruise travellers whose numbers are expected to rise to 8-10 million annually by 2025, according to industry body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

“With this project, China is making great strides in cruise shipbuilding. We believe the key to success is in working closely with experienced stakeholders, and our selection of ABB is based on their unparalleled know-how of the cruise market, as well as capabilities and understanding of running projects locally in China. I’m looking forward to seeing the close cooperation between ABB and the shipyard to provide high level solutions and services for the first cruise vessel built in China,” said Mr Gang Chen, SWS GM.

ABB will supply an integrated package to the vessel including two Azipod units which are claimed to cut fuel consumption by up to 15%, reduce noise and vibration and offer 360-degree manoeuvrability.  The drive motor of the Azipod is located in a submerged pod below the hull of the ship.

“We are truly honoured to be part of this breakthrough project for China’s first home-built cruise vessel,” said Peter Terwiesch, President of Industrial Automation division, ABB. “ABB has a long-standing history in delivering electric, digital and connected solutions to the cruise market globally, and with our strong local experience and proven solutions, we are committed to support China’s current and future cruise demands.”

The package includes a complete electric power plant concept with electricity generators, main switchboards, distribution transformers and a propulsion control system for moving the Azipod units from the bridge. The Azipod units can be fully integrated with the electric power plant and propulsion control system for optimal energy efficiency. The digital system includes remote diagnostics capabilities, which enable connectivity to ABB Ability Collaborative Operation Centers. Overall, ABB’s technology will boost the performance of the ship while increasing passenger comfort, fuel efficiency and lowering emissions.

The new vessel will be part of a fleet of Chinese-built cruise ships operated by CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited, a joint venture between Carnival Corporation Plc and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). SWS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSSC.

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