ABB solutions picked for Tallink LNG-fueled fast ferry

MARCH 16, 2015 —  ABB has won an order to deliver complete electric power plant, electrical propulsion systems and an energy management solution for the LNG-fueled fast ropax ferry ordered by  Estonia's Tallink Grupp at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland (see earlier story).

Scheduled for delivery in early 2017, the 49,000 grt vessel will be about 212 meters and will carry 2,800 passengers.ABB says its delivery will help the new ship to minimize fuel and power consumption while providing reliable power supply for all the electrical power equipment and systems.

ABB will deliver the complete electrical power plant and propulsion systems, including synchronous propulsion motors and ACS600SD drives, medium voltage generators, the main switchboard, propulsion transformers, and thruster motors.

ABB will also provide engineering, project management and commissioning services including remote diagnostic services, comprehensive training for the crew and access to ABB's marine service network.

The new vessel's energy efficiency will be taken one step further with ABB's energy management system EMMA, which will support the vessels' crew in managing energy-related processes, practices and decision-making, minimizing the vessels' overall energy costs.

"Meyer Turku is one of Europe's leading shipyards and we are happy to continue working with them on this advanced newbuild for Tallink Grupp," says Heikki Soljama, Managing Director for ABB's Marine and Ports business. "Electrical propulsion is a natural choice for modern LNG-powered ferries that require efficient and reliable solutions that increase the vessel's flexibility. With a full delivery of power and propulsion solutions, an energy management system and service support, ABB can help Tallink Grupp optimize the operational efficiency of this new generation LNG ferry."

"When designing the new LNG-powered ferry, we selected world-class solutions and suppliers that will make the vessel environmentally sustainable throughout and operationally efficient for many years to come. As the market leader in the Tallinn-Helsinki route, we are proud to set the standard for the next generation of passenger ferries," says Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, Head of Ship Management at AS Tallink Grupp. "As ABB is the world´s leading supplier of propulsion and power systems for passenger vessels, we also expect first class support on operation."
In the last two decades, ABB has delivered marine solutions to 34 passenger vessels built by Meyer Group,

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