VIDEO: The Azipods Used to Propel the World’s Largest Cruise Ships

Here’s a look at the ABB Azipod’s used to propel the newest and largest ships in Royal Caribbean’s fleet and many other vessels – both cruise ships and others – around the world.

On Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ships, the vessels are equipped with a tailor-made electrical propulsion system comprising three stern-mounted 20-megawatt (MW) Azipod propulsion units. The newer Quantum of the Seas uses two 20.5 MW Azipod XO2300 units, part of ABB’s new XO line.

Azipod is actually the registered trademark for ABB’s brand of azimuth thrusters that was first introduced in 1987. Today, ABB’s Azipod propulsion systems are used on a wide range of vessels such as cruise ships, icebreakers, ice-going cargo vessels and offshore accommodation ships.