ABB has been contracted to supply electrical propulsion and power systems to a new flagship hospital vessel for the Mercy Ships organisation.
The new vessel, Atlantic Mercy, will be constructed by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) at the Tianjin Xingang Shipyard in China.
The newbuild will be equipped with a pair of ABB’s Azipod C propulsion units, and delivery is expected for 2017.
Under this contract, ABB will deliver an energy-saving Azipod C electrical propulsion system, which will offer a high level of manoeuvrability, reliability and passenger comfort due to minimal vibration, and the main electrical power plant.
Mercy Ships Marine Operations senior vice-president Jim Paterson said: "Our ships have to be pretty self-sufficient and able to provide, not only for the hospital, but also for the 400 plus crew, staff and family members who serve on-board.
"Using Azipod propulsion also enables us to dock in tight spots and not be dependent on tug support for arrival or even unexpected departures."
The project construction of the vessel will be managed by Stena RoRo.
The 37,000gt vessel will feature full hospital, accommodation and training facilities. It includes two onboard hospital decks and six surgery rooms, beds for 109 acute-care patients, as well as 45 self-care patient units.
After completion of construction, the vessel will be world’s largest civilian hospital vessel, ABB stated.
ABB’s power solution will ensure power supply for the hospital functions in any possible fault situation and its power and propulsion plant will be supported by a remote diagnostics system and around-the-clock telephone assistance.
Image: Mercy Ships’ new vessel will be world’s largest civilian hospital vessel. Photo: courtesy of ABB.