ABB has secured an order to equip the ten-deck Scenic Eclipse with two 3MW Azipod D propulsion systems to enable the large luxury cruiser to venture into remote locations.
The 3MW Azipod D electric marine propulsion system is based on an advanced gearless thruster technology that will augment the flexibility of a wide range of vessels.
It lowers maintenance costs and reduces fuel consumption due to its gearless construction, high motor efficiency and advanced hydrodynamic design.
As the engine is be mounted outside the ship, passengers benefit from reduced noise and vibrations, while the additional space can be utilised for other purposes.
ABB Marine and Ports business managing director Juha Koskela said: "Scenic Eclipse maintains the strong tradition of Azipod propulsion powering some of the world’s most innovative ships.
"With our unrivalled pedigree in the passenger and icebreaking segments, we are able to meet the owner’s demands for a flexible and efficient propulsion system which can operate safely in all sea conditions."
Scenic Eclispse will be the first passenger ship to be fitted with ABB’s Azipod propulsion system.
Built by Uljanik Group in Croatia, the 168m Scenic Eclipse will be a six-star, ultra-luxury mega yacht and cruise through Arctic and Antarctic waters in the summer season.
Rated as a Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A Super) vessel, it will be equipped with the new zero speed stabiliser fins for greater stability.
The hull will be able to make its way through ice and will have two engine rooms in separate fire zones, two wheel houses, and two galleys and refrigeration units.
The ship will have a capacity to accommodate 228 passengers across 114 all-balcony suites.
Scenic Eclipse is expected to be launched in 2018.
Image: Luxury cruise Scenic Eclipse will be fitted with ABB’s Azipod propulsion system. Photo: courtesy of ABB.