ABB expands partnership with NCLH

2024-01-29T17:23:22+00:00 January 29th, 2024|Technology|

ABB and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) have signed a long-term partnership agreement to accelerate the de-carbonisation and digitalisation of the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) fleet.

Targeting increased safety and efficiency, the agreement covers 14 existing ships and a further four vessels due for delivery between 2025 and 2028.

The first phase includes a 10-year Azipod® propulsion service agreement for the fleet, providing preventive maintenance to support safety and maximise vessel availability, as well as fast turnaround for planned Azipod® propulsion maintenance.

In addition, ABB will undertake the modernisation of the propulsion control system for 11 vessels, and shore connection installations on board four ships.

With these planned installations the entire NCL fleet can connect to shoreside power supply for emissions-free operations while in port, the company claimed.

“We are pleased to solidify our long-term collaboration with ABB in a strategic partnership that aligns with our climate action strategy, centred as it is on the pillars of efficiency, innovation and collaboration,” said Patrik Dahlgren, NCLH’s Executive Vice President, Vessel Operations.

“With ABB’s support, we will accelerate the de-carbonisation and digitalisation of our fleet, taking our operations another step forward towards a sustainable future.”

“Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is a highly valued partner of ABB, and this agreement reaffirms the strong collaboration between our companies. We are pleased to continue our collaboration and see our solutions and services playing an integral role in the modernisation of their growing cruise fleet,” said Juha Koskela, Division President, ABB Marine & Ports.

“Through this collaboration, we will help NCLH to achieve safer and more efficient vessel operations while, more broadly, contributing to maritime de-carbonisation.”

Based in the US, NCLH operates vessels under three wholly owned subsidiaries: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, all of which incorporate and utilise ABB technologies.

From its creation three decades ago, Azipod® is a gearless, steerable propulsion system, with the electric drive motor in a pod outside the ship’s hull, which can rotate 360 deg to increase vessel manoeuvrability and efficiency, while cutting fuel consumption by up to 20%, compared to conventional shaftline systems.

Since the first installation on a cruise ship over 25 years ago, Azipod® technology has saved more than 1 mill ne of fuel in the cruise segment alone.