Switzerland-based power and automation technology provider ABB has secured orders worth $60m from Meyer Werft to provide complete electrical power plant and propulsion systems for two new luxury vessels.
The vessels will be constructed for Star Cruises of Genting Hong Kong at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
For this project, ABB will deliver a complete electrical system, including power generation and distribution systems, and thruster motors, as well as its latest-generation Azipod XO propulsion system with a power output of 20.5MW.
Star Cruises marine operations and newbuilding senior vice-president captain Gustaf Grönberg said: "Star Cruises has successfully operated cruise vessels with conventional ABB electric propulsion since late 1990s.
"For our newbuilding project we evaluated alternative propulsion concepts and selected Azipod because the proven fuel savings and improved safety of operations are a good match with our needs."
The 330m-long new-build cruise ships will have 150,000 gross tonnage and will be capable of accommodating 4,925 passengers in 1,682 cabins.
The vessels are expected to be delivered late in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
ABB’s Azipod propulsion offers lower fuel consumption than traditional systems and also delivers greater manoeuvrability in all operating conditions.
In addition, ABB’s technology will ensure greater passenger comfort and safety, along with optimised vessel performance.
Meyer Werft also constructed Star Cruises’ SuperStar Leo and Superstar Virgo vessels, featuring ABB technology.
Image: Azipod is claimed to be the most environmentally friendly propulsion system available. Photo: courtesy of ABB.