ABB has secured an order for complete electric power plant, electrical propulsion systems and an energy management solution for a new Ropax ferry being built for Estonia-based Tallink Grupp.
The new LNG-powered fast ferry is currently under construction at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.
ABB Marine and Ports business managing director Heikki Soljama said: "Electrical propulsion is a natural choice for modern LNG-powered ferries that require efficient and reliable solutions that increase the vessel’s flexibility.
"With a full delivery of power and propulsion solutions, an energy management system and service support, ABB can help Tallink Grupp optimise the operational efficiency of this new generation LNG ferry."
Under the new contract, ABB will supply the complete power plant and propulsion systems, including synchronous propulsion motors and ACS600SD drives, medium-voltage generators, the main switchboard, propulsion transformers and thruster motors.
In addition, the automation technology firm is responsible for delivering engineering, project management and commissioning services such as remote diagnostic services, comprehensive training for the crew.
ABB said its products will provide reliable power for all the electrical equipment and systems in the ferry, and enable the vessel to reduce fuel and energy consumption.
The new, 212m-long vessel will operate on the Tallinn-Helsinki shuttle route, with a capacity to carry up to 2,800 passengers.
The vessel is expected to be delivered in early 2017.
Recently, Wärtsilä and MacGregor received contracts to support the construction of this new ferry. Under the contracts, Wärtsilä and MacGregor will be responsible for dual-fuel engines and RoRo equipment respectively.
Image: Tallink’s new fast Ropax ferry will run a Tallinn-Helsinki shuttle service. Photo: courtesy of Meyer Turku Oy.