ABB to deliver full power and propulsion package

Source: press release, 10 April 2019

‘Seabourn Venture’
‘Seabourn Venture’ (illustration: Seabourn)

Sustaining its strong track record in the expedition ship market, ABB has secured a power and propulsion contract for the two debut Seabourn ultra-luxury expedition vessels

The contract covers two 170-metre length ships due delivery to the Seattle-based cruise company from Italian yard T. Mariotti, in June 2021 and May 2022 respectively.

Seabourn has chosen ABB’s proven power and propulsion technology for the 23,000 gt ships that integrates main generators, switchboard, convertors, bow thruster motors and the remote control system in a single package, plus twin 6-MW Azipod® propulsion units.

Built to strict Polar Code 6 hull specifications, the 264-passenger capacity vessels have been designed for the ultra-luxury polar expedition market. Using the Azipod® propulsion system frees up space on board, allowing these vessels to carry additional crafts such as kayaks, rubber boats and a pair of submarines – from Antarctica to Arctic and other exotic destination.

“The selection of ABB’s Azipod® propulsion was a natural decision for Seabourn because, in conjunction with our PC6 ice strengthened hull, they will provide excellent manoeuvrability and operational control in the polar and other regions around the globe,” says Rick Meadows, president of Seabourn. “Azipod® propulsion also means lower levels of vibration, which is a major plus for guest comfort. As a UNESCO World Heritage cruise partner, Seabourn also values the fact that Azipod® units enable sustainable operations.”

“As always, the owner is closely involved in all aspects; and as always, technical choices have been driven by the need for safe, reliable and sustainable operations for guests,” says Marco Ghiglione, Managing Director, T. Mariotti. “We are delighted to work with ABB on this high-end project as their expertise in cruise and ice-going segments, as well as local presence in Genoa, complements our shipbuilding capabilities in the most optimal way.”

Azipod® propulsors have become the preferred solution for expedition ships in challenging conditions. To date, more than 20 exploration cruise ships have been specified with ABB’s Azipod® propulsion.

The vessels will be connected to ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations Center infrastructure, which monitors the performance of ABB technology on board and remotely connects operators with ABB experts – something that is particularly important for ships operating in remote areas.

“With their exclusive, private club atmosphere and a range of sophisticated design features, these ships will be some of the most innovative in the expedition cruise market,” says Marcus Högblom, Head of Passenger Vessel segment at ABB Marine & Ports. “It is pleasing that Seabourn, a high-end cruise client, has opted for an extensive ABB power and propulsion package that plays into the benefits of our integrated electric, digital and connected capabilities.”