ABB has secured a contract from Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding to supply a comprehensive power and propulsion package for the construction of China’s first domestically built cruise ship.

As part of the propulsion package, the company will supply two Azipod steerable propulsion systems, a complete electric power plant concept with electricity generators, main switchboards and distribution transformers.

The propulsion package will also include a propulsion control system for moving the Azipod units from the bridge.

Shanghai Waogaoqiao Shipbuilding general manager Gang Chen said: “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.”

“Our selection of ABB is based on their unparalleled know-how of the cruise market.”

The Azipod units can reduce fuel consumption by up to 15%, as well as noise and vibration, and offer 360° manoeuvrability. The drive motor of Azipod is located in a submerged pod below the ship’s hull.

They can be fully integrated with the electric power plant and propulsion control system for optimal energy efficiency.

The remote diagnostics capabilities of the digital system enable connectivity to ABB Ability Collaborative Operation Centers.

Due for delivery in 2023, the 323m vessel is capable of accommodating 5,000 passengers and will be part of a fleet of cruise ships operated by CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping.

Last month, ABB secured a contract to supply integrated power to a 70m-long hybrid-electric ferry under construction for the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration at Crist shipyard in Poland.