ABB has won a $50m order to provide power and propulsion systems for two cruise ships to be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, for Norwegian Cruise Line.

The 143,500gt ships, able to carry more than 4,000 passengers, will be the biggest cruise liners built in Germany.

The vessels are scheduled for delivery and commissioning in 2013-14.

The order includes power generation and distribution systems, thruster motors, and two 17.5MW propulsion systems including transformers, drives and Azipod XO propulsion units.

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