ABB & Royal Caribbean

Power and automation technology firm ABB has signed a 15-year service agreement worth $50m with Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCC) to increase cost efficiency and the predictability of maintenance costs.

The scope of supply for this contract covers four Solstice and two Oasis-class vessels under RCC’s brands Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.

The agreement includes the option for additional existing vessels that are under construction as well as future newbuilds.

ABB business unit marine and cranes head Heikki Soljama said: "The service agreement with Royal Caribbean is a token of trust that we understand the needs of our customers and deliver tangible benefits, improving their profitability."

"The service agreement with Royal Caribbean is a token of trust that we understand the needs of our customers and deliver tangible benefits, improving their profitability."

The company will also deliver a range of services that optimise the lifecycle of the vessels such as scheduled dry docking services, Azipod propulsion unit modernisations and condition-based maintenance services, which contributes to better predictability of maintenance costs.

Royal Caribbean International marine operations senior vice-president William Baumgartner said: "ABB is a leader in their field and we are investing in their expertise through this relationship to help ensure the optimal lifecycle management of our ships."

The Solstice and Oasis-class vessels are using ABB’s Azipod propulsion technology and Royal Caribbean has selected this technology for more than 20 newbuildings.

Royal Caribbean Cruises owns six brands which operate 41 ships globally.


Image: Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Oasis of the Seas ship. Photo: courtesy of ABB.