Switzerland-based technology company ABB has introduced a new arctic course for deck officers in order to meet  demand in the ice-going vessel segment.

Developed in collaboration with customers, the five-day course was recently held in partnership with Aboa Mare training centre in Turku, Finland.

The training includes discussions, lessons and full mission bridge simulator exercises.

"By combining ABB’s expertise with the needs of the customer, we have set a new benchmark for arctic training."

Mainly designed to teach the operational principles of diesel-electric vessels equipped with ABB’s Azipod propulsion system, the new course also features various topics from Azipod vessel operation and propulsion system behaviour in all conditions to resource management and bridge communication.

Following the completion of the course, the crew will be able to fully utilise the flexibility of the propulsion system, identify potential malfunctions of the propulsion system and handle them without posing a risk to the vessel safety.

ABB marine and ports business unit managing director Juha Koskela said: “Demand from the ice going segment for ABB’s solutions has been strong for some time.

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“By combining ABB’s expertise with the needs of the customer, we have set a new benchmark for arctic training.”

The arctic course will complement the portfolio of 35 different courses offered by ABB’s marine academy.

The course also features vessel safety, environmental and economical requirements, as well as operational efficiency and maintenance requirements of Azipod vessels in arctic conditions.

In 1939, ABB delivered the first electric propulsion system to an icebreaker.

In May, the company said that it had helped save more than 700,000t of fuel through the entire installed Azipod fleet of vessel.