ABB Establishes Marine Service Center in Russia
ABB has established a new marine service centre at Murmansk, Russia committed to supporting vessels operating in North-West Russia through their 25-30 year lifespan. It is also refocusing activities at its established St Petersburg office, by appointing a new manager responsible for newbuilding projects from the design stage through to systems delivery, in order to develop closer relations within Russia with owners, class, designers, shipyards and research institutes.
ABB Marine’s offering in Russia extends across power generation and distribution, through automation, control and propulsion systems, representing a substantial part of the value of ships built. The Russian government has pledged massive transport infrastructure development and associated shipbuilding plans to meet future demand for Arctic oil and gas, with projects pending for RosHydromet, Gazprom, Rosmoport, RosAtom, Norilsk Nickel and RosMorRechFlot covering ships ranging from research vessels to offshore support vessels, drilling vessels, icebreakers, product tankers, LNG carriers and auxiliary vessels.
Nineteen high ice class vessels operating in Russian waters already have ABB systems installed, including 25 Azipod units. Twelve of these ships operate out of Murmansk. Two more tankers, to be built to the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping’s LU6 Ice Class by Admiralty Shipyard for Sovcomflot, will be the first Russian-built ships to feature ABB’s Azipod technology (2 x 8.5MW units apiece). These 259m long ships will include ABB’s latest ACS6000 drive technology.
Already a registered entity, the Murmansk service center will be manned by Russian coordination staff and dedicated service engineers. An engineer training program is underway at ABB facilities in Norway, Finland and Switzerland, with commissioning and site survey work to follow.