Two 21,500 dwt self-unloaders on order for Germany’s Oldendorff Carriers will be the first bulk carriers to feature ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion.
The vessels are set for delivery to Oldendorff Carriers in 2021 from the Chengxi Shipyard in China. Each will feature two 1.9 MW Azipod units. Additinally, ABB will also supply a wide range of electric, digital and connected solutions for each ship, including main diesel-electric power plant, generators, bow thruster motors, transformers, switchboards and the power management system for propulsion and cargo handling.
“The choice of Azipod electric propulsion system has reduced the investment costs dramatically as the vessels are already equipped with high power generation required for self-unloading/loading cargo handling,” says Jan Henneberg, Newbuilding Manager, Oldendorff Carriers. “These shuttle vessels must perform reliably over an extended period at maximum efficiency, and need to be especially maneuverable in shallow waters.”
“This is a significant breakthrough for Azipod propulsion, reaching a ship type that some suggested would always remain closed to podded propulsion,” says Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. “We are especially pleased to add Oldendorff Carriers as an Azipod propulsion reference, considering its reputation for building and operating high quality, reliable and environmentally-friendly ships.”
The newbuild vessels have been developed by Shanghai-based CS Marine design company together with Oldendorff Carriers. They will be able to unload cargo utilizing a built-in conveyor system and without the need for assistance from shoreside equipment or personnel.
Oldendorff Carriers will deploy the vessels for transshipment operations – transfer of cargo offshore from oceangoing vessels before delivery to the final destination.
Once in operation, the vessels will be among over 1,000 ships connected to ABB Ability collaborative operation centers worldwide from where ABB experts monitor operational shipboard systems and offer 24/7 remote support. The vessels will leverage the ABB Ability Remote Diagnostic System, which deploys sensor-driven onboard monitoring software that fully integrates with analytics ashore.