The newly inaugurated center will support ABB’s ship power, propulsion and automation technologies and expand service capabilities for ice-going vessels.
The new Marine Service Center is built on a decade of local ABB services in support of ice-going vessels. It relies on a strong core of engineering expertise in Murmansk. In 2009, 15 vessels featuring the group’s equipment byABB’s engineers who were operating from smaller scale service facilities in Murmansk. While in 2019, the number of ships has exceeded 50, with projects covering over 100 Azipod® propulsion units. ABB has expanded its service capabilities by opening a new and dedicated service facility for responding to the needs of a growing customer base.
The new center located in Murmansk, the world’s largest city above the Arctic Circle, occupies 2,000 sq meters. It is a purpose-built facility with its offices, electrical and mechanical testing areas, and a workshop served by overhead gantry cranes. The center also features a warehouse for Azipod® propulsion and electrical spare parts to ensure shortest delivery times and to further enhance responsiveness.
“With an initial staff of 20, including 12 local field engineers, the new Marine Center is well positioned to accommodate the needs of our growing customer base, alongside an additional pool of service engineers on the island of Sakhalin in Russia’s Far East,” said Sergey Shevchuk, Local Business Manager, ABB Marine & Ports Russia.
The new center is also going to provide Russian language support to owners within the worldwide ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations Centers network. Seven global Collaborative Operations Centers connect into shipboard sensors to monitor the equipment onboard and support remote preventive and even predictive maintenance as part of ABB’s ‘Electric. Digital. Connected.’ approach.
ABB’s technologies are widely used for vessels operating in the Northern Sea Route. ABB has delivered Azipod® electric propulsion systems to over 80 icebreakers or ice-going vessels with a combined propulsion power of up to 45 MW. ABB’s Azipod® icebreaking propulsion is capable breaking 2.1 m thick ice, which eliminates the need for conventional icebreaker assistance and makes it possible for vessels to cross the Northern Sea Route independently.
Azipod® propulsion is a gearless system where the electric propulsion motor is located in a pod outside the ship hull. Thrusters can turn 360 degrees, providing greater maneuverability for vessels compared with the conventional propulsion systems, which is particularly crucial when operating in ice.