ABB has won an order to deliver complete electric power plant, electrical propulsion systems and an energy management solution for Estonia-based Tallink Grupp´s new liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered fast ferry.
The large-scale ferry is to be built at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland for delivery at the start of 2017. The vessel will be about 212 meters in length with a gross tonnage of 49,000. The ferry, which is planned to carry 2,800 passengers, will operate between Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The ferry route is one of the most significant in the Baltic Sea region with approximately 7.4 million passengers in 2013.
In a statement ABB states that its delivery will "help the new ship to minimise fuel and power consumption while providing reliable power supply for all the electrical power equipment and systems in the LNG-powered ferry. ABB will supply the complete power plant and propulsion systems, including propulsion motors and ACS600SD drives, medium voltage generators, the main switchboard, propulsion transformers, and thruster motors. In addition, ABB will provide engineering, project management and commissioning services including remote diagnostic services, comprehensive training for the crew and access to ABB´s marine service network.
As an LNG-powered ship, the new ferry will comply with the new strict emission regulations for the Emission Control Areas (ECA), which include the Baltic Sea.
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 optimise the operational efficiency of this new generation LNG ferry.
Over the last two decades, ABB has delivered marine solutions to 34 passenger vessels built by Meyer Group, which is renowned for building many of the world’s most advanced cruise vessels.