ABB gets a contract of €157 million for the supply of power, propulsion and digital solutions to the six ‘Universal Class’ vessels of Genting Hong Kong which aims to bring the leading hotel brands to the sea.
The design of these vessels will be according to the safety and environmental standards. Azipod® electric propulsion of ABB will be used to power these vessel.
Twin Azipod® units along with 30MV power will be used for the propulsion of each 286 meter vessels. The vessels will run on LNG thereby, reducing emissions.
MV Werften which is owned by Genting will construct the vessels. The vessels are scheduled to deliver in 2023-2024.
These vessels will offer it’s guests with the best luxury cruise experience. It will have top notch facilities. It will have the capacity to accommodate 1,000 to 4,000 passengers depending on the Luxury, Premium or Contemporary class. Every vessel will have 15 decks. All of these ships will be opearted by Genting for hotel brands that have been wanting to enter the cruise industry but were unable to because most of the slots for shipbuilding were occupied.
These vessels will also be capable of being connected to ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations Center infrastructure that keeps a check on the performance of ABB technology on board and also connects the operators with experts of ABB.
“These vessels represent the next generation of cruising, with their high flexibility, sustainable profile and highest safety and efficiency standards. ABB’s Azipod® electric propulsion, known for its unparalleled performance, environmental credentials and reliability, has been a natural choice for these vessels,” said Gustaf Gronberg, Executive Vice President, Marine Operations & Newbuilding, Genting Hong Kong.
“With these vessels, we enter a new era of sustainable cruising, and we are pleased to collaborate with ABB, who through the years have proven to be a reliable solution provider, enabling us to deploy advanced technology that defines the future of cruising,” said Peter Fetten, President and CEO of MV Werften.
“Sustainable technologies are at the heart of what we do at ABB, and we are truly honored to continue our long-standing relationship with MV Werften and Genting and have our technology chosen for these ships that seek to redefine modern-day cruising,” said Peter Terwiesch, President of the Industrial Automation business at ABB that provides with solutions for a variety of industries including marine.
“Azipod® propulsion has become an industry benchmark for environmentally-friendly cruise technology, with its proven ability to cut fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to traditional shaftline propulsion systems,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. “Fuel savings of over 900,000 tons have been made in the cruise segment alone due to the selection of Azipod® propulsion.”
In the Azipod® propulsion system the electric drive motor is in a submerged pod which is situated outside the ship hull. It can rotate 360 degrees in order to raise the maneuverability and efficiency of operation. Thus, Azipod® propulsion offers better comfort to the passengers and crew by reducing the noise and vibrations to the minimum.