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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 

ABB has secured a power and propulsion contract for two Seabourn cruise ships, described as 'ultra-luxury expedition vessels'.

The contract covers two 23,000gt 170m length ships due for delivery to the Seattle-based cruise company from the Mariotti yard in Italy, in June 2021 and May 2022 respectively. Seabourn opted for an ABB system that integrates main generators, switchboard, convertors, bow thruster motors and the remote control system in a single package, as well as twin 6MW Azipod propulsion units.

Built to Polar Code 6, the design of the 264-passenger capacity vessels uses podded propulsors in order to increase space on board, allowing carriage of additional craft such as kayaks, rubber boats and a pair of submarines.

“The selection of ABB’s Azipod propulsion was a natural decision for Seabourn because, in conjunction with our PC6 ice strengthened hull, they will provide excellent maneuverability and operational control in the polar and other regions around the globe,” said Rick Meadows, president of Seabourn. “Azipod propulsion also means lower levels of vibration, which is a major plus for guest comfort. As a UNESCO World Heritage cruise partner, Seabourn also values the fact that Azipod units enable sustainable operations.”

“As always, the owner is closely involved in all aspects; and as always, technical choices have been driven by the need for safe, reliable and sustainable operations for guests,” said Marco Ghiglione, MD, T Mariotti. “We are delighted to work with ABB on this high-end project as their expertise in cruise and ice-going segments, as well as local presence in Genoa, complements our shipbuilding capabilities in the most optimal way.”

To date, more than 20 exploration cruise ships have been specified with ABB’s Azipod propulsion. The Seabourn vessels will be connected to the ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Center infrastructure, which monitors the performance of ABB technology on board and remotely connects operators with ABB experts.

“With their exclusive, private club atmosphere and a range of sophisticated design features, these ships will be some of the most innovative in the expedition cruise market,” said Marcus Högblom, Head of Passenger Vessel segment at ABB Marine & Ports. “It is pleasing that Seabourn, a high-end cruise client, has opted for an extensive ABB power and propulsion package that plays into the benefits of our integrated electric, digital and connected capabilities.”

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