“Cruise operators are looking for solutions which raise efficiency and minimize their impact on the environment – ABB’s Azipod XL will help achieve these goals,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB’s Marine and Ports business. “ABB has been working with the cruise industry for two decades and the new Azipod XL will power the most efficient cruise ships ever built.”
The Azipod XL represents the biggest jump in the systems’ fuel efficiency in recent years. To put it in perspective, if the newest model replaced all existing Azipod units it would save the shipping industry 2.2 million tons of fuel, and 7 million tons of carbon dioxide, over the next 25 years.
The new linear flow Azipod XL achieves this jump in efficiency by introducing a nozzle with stator plates, which directs the water flow from the propeller to reduce the turbulence and energy loss and achieve optimum thrust. The modifications are relatively straightforward meaning there will be no compromise to Azipod propulsion’s excellent availability record, currently standing over 99.8%.
25 year of Azipod propulsion
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