ABB has received a contract worth $60 million to deliver Azipod propulsion and power systems to two Norwegian Cruise Line vessels.
The new 164,000 gt vessels will be equipped with ABB's Azipod XO electrical propulsion systems, which are already featured on several of Norwegian Cruise Line’s new vessels: the top-of-the-line Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway as well as the larger Breakaway-Plus class ships, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss, currently under construction at Meyer Werft. ABB will also deliver complete electric power plants, generators and drives to the ships.
“ABB designed the Azipod XO concept to reduce ship lifecycle costs and increase the profitability of vessels, and this repeat order with Meyer Werft, the world’s leading cruise ship builder, is a validation to the customer value our flagship propulsion solution delivers”, says Heikki Soljama, managing director for ABB’s Marine and Ports business. “We value the longstanding relationship with Norwegian Cruise Line and are dedicated to earning their confidence in the reliability and quality of our solutions.”
The cruise ships will be built by Meyer Werft and delivered in the second quarter of 2018 and fourth quarter of 2019.