ABB has won a contract from Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) to supply a power and propulsion package for China’s first domestically built cruise ship.
ABB will supply an integrated package, including two patented Azipod steerable propulsion systems.
The 323 m vessel, due for delivery in 2023, will be able to accommodate 5,000 pax and is designed to suit Chinese cruise travellers tastes whose numbers are expected to rise to 8-10 mill annually by 2025, according to industry body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
“With this project, China is making great strides in cruise shipbuilding. We believe the key to success is in working closely with experienced stakeholders, and our selection of ABB is based on their unparalleled knowhow of the cruise market, as well as capabilities and understanding of running projects locally in China. I’m looking forward to seeing the close co-operation between ABB and the shipyard to provide high level solutions and services for the first cruise vessel built in China,” said Gang Chen, SWS General Manager.
“We are truly honoured to be part of this breakthrough project for China’s first home-built cruise vessel,” said Peter Terwiesch, President of the Industrial Automation division, ABB. “ABB has a long-standing history in delivering electric, digital and connected solutions to the cruise market globally, and with our strong local experience and proven solutions, we are committed to support China’s current and future cruise demands.”
The package also includes a complete electric power plant concept with electricity generators, main switchboards, distribution transformers and a propulsion control system for moving the Azipod units from the bridge.
The Azipods can be fully integrated with the electric power plant and propulsion control system for optimal energy efficiency. The digital system includes remote diagnostics capabilities, which enable connectivity to ABB AbilityCollaborative Operation Centres.
The new vessel will be part of a fleet of Chinese-built cruise ships operated by CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping, a joint venture between Carnival Corp and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). SWS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSSC.