ABB Azipod Units Propel Cruise Ship Across the Atlantic

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas has completed its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean and has been delivered to its owner in Miami, Florida, U.S.A., in time for its first commercial Caribbean cruise. ABB supplied a custom-made electrical propulsion system, comprising of three 20 MW Azipod propulsion units, to provide the additional manoeuvrability required.

Oasis of the seas
Oasis of the seas

ABB also provided the generators, main switchboards, frequency converters, transformers and remote control units for the ship. According to the company, ABB’s Azipods are more fuel efficient than conventional shaft-line propulsion systems, reducing fuel costs and cutting greenhouse emissions. The units are also more compact allowing ship designers to utilize machinery spaces more efficiently.

Originally developed in Finland by ABB in collaboration with Kvaerner Masas-Yards dockyards, Azipods have been installed in 81 vessels including cruise liners, icebreakers and drilling rigs.

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