First Chinese-built cruise ship will feature ABB propulsion package

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Azipod propulsion installed on a cruise vessel

ABB has been awarded a contract by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (SWS), that will see it supply a comprehensive power and propulsion package for China’s first domestically built cruise ship, which is set for delivery in 2023.

ABB’s scope of supply for the 323 meter, 5,000 passenger ship will include two Azipod steerable propulsion systems.

The ABB package also includes a complete electric power plant concept with electricity generators, main switchboards, distribution transformers and a propulsion control system for operating the Azipod units from the bridge. The Azipod units can be fully integrated with the electric power plant and propulsion control system for optimal energy efficiency. The digital system includes remote diagnostics capabilities that enable connectivity to ABB Ability Collaborative Operation Centers.

“With this project, China is making great strides in cruise shipbuilding. We believe the key to success is in working closely with experienced stakeholders, and our selection of ABB is based on their unparalleled know-how of the cruise market, as well as capabilities and understanding of running projects locally in China. I’m looking forward to seeing the close cooperation between ABB and the shipyard to provide high level solutions and services for the first cruise vessel built in China,” said Mr. Gang Chen, General Manager of Shanghai Waogaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

The new vessel will be part of a fleet of Chinese-built cruise ships operated by CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited, a joint venture between Carnival Corporation Plc and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). Shanghai Waigaoqiao is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSSC.

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