Tech firm ABB has opened a marine service centre in Russia to support growing Arctic maritime industries.

The new centre will support the company’s ship power, propulsion and automation technologies and expand service capabilities for ice-going vessels.

After supporting 15 vessels in 2009 and 50 ships in 2019, the company decided to further bolster its presence in Murmansk, Russia.

ABB noted that more than 100 vessels fitted with its Azipod propulsion units will require services in the near future.

ABB Marine and Ports managing director Juha Koskela said: “Opening the Murmansk Marine Service Center is a truly special moment for ABB in Russia.

“We work relentlessly to ensure that our services meet customer needs and expectations locally. Murmansk becomes the latest facility to join our global network of dedicated service centres that deliver expertise and reliability 24/7, helping manage vessels throughout their lifecycles.”

The new dedicated service centre spans across 2,000m² in a purpose-built facility. It also houses offices, electrical and mechanical testing areas, as well as a workshop served by overhead gantry cranes.

The facility also includes a warehouse for Azipod propulsion and electrical spare parts to ensure the shortest delivery times.

ABB Marine and Ports Russia local business manager Sergey Shevchuk said: “With an initial staff of 20, including 12 local field engineers, the new Marine Center is well-positioned to accommodate the needs of our growing customer base, alongside an additional pool of service engineers on the island of Sakhalin in Russia’s Far East.”

“The new Marine Center is well-positioned to accommodate the needs of our growing customer base.”

The new centre will also offer Russian language support to owners within the worldwide ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Centers network, which connect into shipboard sensors to monitor the equipment onboard and support remote preventive and even predictive maintenance.

ABB was recently awarded a contract to supply a power and propulsion solution for a newbuild vessel sailing along the Rhône river in France to operate completely on hydrogen fuel cells.