ABB Claims Greater Fuel Efficiency with New Azipod Propulsion Line

  Swiss-based power and automation company ABB is launching a new version of its popular Azipod propulsion unit that it says is up to 10 percent more efficient than existing versions. Azipod propulsion is the shipping industry’s leading podded electric propulsion system, and ABB believes the improved efficiency and bollard pull will expand its appeal beyond … [Read more...]

Inside the Home of ABB Azipods [IMAGES]

With the roll-out of ABB's Azipod "D" series of gearless thruster this past March, I decided to make my way over to Helsinki to see where and how these impressive machines were built, and upon arrival I quickly realized there was a lot more to these thrusters that I had realized. Firstly, an Azipod that might be found on a cruise ship, an icebreaker or perhaps a yacht … [Read more...]

ABB Introduces New ‘Azipod D’ Electric Thruster

Swiss-based power and automation group ABB has introduced a new addition to its line of Azipod propulsion systems to the growing electric propulsion market. ABB says the new product, known as 'Azipod D', allows a wider range of vessel types to benefit from the reliability and flexibility that has made Azipod the leading propulsion system across numerous ship types. ABB’s … [Read more...]

ABB Wins Repeat Azipod Order from Norwegian Cruise Lines

Swiss-based power and automation technology company ABB says it has been awarded a contract worth $60 million to deliver Azipod propulsion and power systems to two Norwegian Cruise Line vessels to be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. The Breakaway-Plus class cruise ships are scheduled to be delivered in Q2 2018 and Q4 2019. The new 164,000 gt vessels will be … [Read more...]

Building an ABB Azipod [TIME LAPSE]

Ever had to pull apart one of ABB's Azipods? The following video might look familiar then.  These huge externally-mounted high voltage thrusters provide propulsion power to ships around the world including tankers, cruise ships, offshore vessels, icebreakers, luxury yachts, and many others. Want to know more about this type of propulsion?  Click HERE for more info. … [Read more...]