ABB to provide energy-efficient propulsion, electrical systems for two next-gernaation cruise ships

Zurich, Switzerland – ABB has been awarded an order to provide power and propulsion systems for two next-generation cruise ships to be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany for Norwegian Cruise Line. The order was booked in the fourth quarter and is worth over $50 million.

Each new ship is 143,500 GT (gross tonnage) and will be able to carry more than 4,000 passengers, which makes them the biggest cruise liners ever built in Germany.

The order includes power generation and distribution systems, thruster motors, and two 17.5 megawatt (MW) propulsion systems including transformers, drives and Azipod® XO propulsion units. ABB’s energy efficient Azipod propulsion uses less fuel than traditional systems, and provides better maneuverability in all operating conditions.

The ships are scheduled for delivery and commissioning in the spring of 2013 and 2014.