Breakthrough order for ABB Azipod® propulsion with Chinese-built Viking Line cruise ferry

ABB provides Azipod propulsion system for new Viking Line cruise ferry to be built in China, with two sets of Azipod XO propulsion thruster to be firstly installed in the cruise ferry. The vessel will be built by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry co., Ltd. The order will lay the groundwork for the cruise projects in Fujian Province of China. Additionally, it pioneered the cruise related vessel and will promote the further growth of cruise industry in Fujian Province.

This cruise ferry is scheduled for delivery in 2020, the 13-deck, 63,000 gt vessel, 2,800-passenger capacity ship will connect the Finnish port of Turku, Åland Islands and Stockholm Sweden. Azipod electrical propulsion is especially suited to the high efficiency and fast turnaround required to navigate the archipelago between Finland and Sweden.



Like her high-profile, European-built predecessor Viking Grace, the new cruise-ferry will feature LNG engines. However, while the earlier Viking Line ship includes conventional shaftline propulsion technology, the latest contract calls for the first installation in a cruise-ferry application of twin XO 2100-type Azipod propulsion. Azipod XO units are the propulsion solution of choice in the cruise ship market. Like all Azipod propulsion units, the XO-type features intelligent control systems and advanced condition monitoring, and is designed for optimized energy efficiency and maintainability. Classed by DNV-GL the ship will also draw on ABB’s long experience in providing Azipod propulsion systems for ships operating in ice conditions, with the Azipod XO units designed to match the ship’s ice class 1A Super notation. Additional scope of ABB’s supply includes electrical power generation and distribution systems and bow thruster motors.

The Azipod XO is designed for passenger comfort, maneuverability and efficiency, and can be fully integrated with the electric power plant and propulsion control system for optimal energy efficiency. The system includes remote diagnostics systems, which enable connectivity to ABB Ability Collaborative Operation Centers. ABB is a pioneering supplier of electric propulsion to Chinese shipyards for domestic as well as international ship owners, with a wide range of products being manufactured in China and serviced through a global service network.

“Given good performance of ABB power and propulsion systems in Viking Grace, we believed that its selected two Azipod XO propulsion thrusters will further improve the operability, maneuverability and efficiency for this pioneering cruise ferry, meeting the high requirements of energy saving and environmental protection, ” says Liang Hong, Vice President of Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd.

“Our expectations for this vessel is that she will be the most efficient cruise ferry operating in the Baltic, if not the world, and our choice of ABB is based on our experience of them as a reliable, innovative supply partner with the knowledge and understanding to run major projects in Finland and locally with shipbuilders,” says Jan Hanses, President and CEO, Viking Line.

“We are very horned to cooperate with Chinese shipyard on this breakthrough project. The cruise industry is booming in China with huge market potentials. Being part of China’s shipping industry, our global and local experience, proven solutions and global service network are helping Chinese shipyard enterprises to succeed in a globally competitive environment. We are – together- writing the future of China cruise,” adds AlfKare Adnanes, Head of ABB China Marine and Ports business.

As the global leading electrical propulsion system, Azipod® has been widely installed in various vessel projects in China, including Yantai-Dalian railway ferry (the advanced ro-ro vessel), China’s most advanced marine research vessel “Science” and ultra-large salvage crane vessel “HUATIANLONG”, etc. Additionally, ABB also provided Azipod® VI for multifunctional icebreaker vessel “XUELONG 2” in China.

Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (“XSI” for short) is located in Taiwanese Enterprises Development Zone, Haicang District, Xiamen. XSI covers an area of over 500,000 sqm and has a deep-water coast with the length of 1.5 kilometers. The annual output is 800,000 DWT, and the annual production value is about RMB 5billion. Except for the shipbuilding business, XSI also involves in the businesses of fabricating and installing of steel structures, ship repairing, manufacturing of offshore engineering vessels, and computer software developing and consulting, etc.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 136,000 employees. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 17,000 employees located in 139 cities, 40 local companies, and online and offline channels across over 300 cities.



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