The two new vessels of AIDA Cruises, the Rostock based unit of Carnival Corp & plc, will be designed to cruise year round from German ports, says Michael Thamm, CEO of the cruise line. “With these ships, we will run from Germany around the year for the first time,” Thamm said in an interview on the website of the company.
The 125,000 gross ton vessels will be delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan in 2015 and 2016. They will run on diesel fuel rather than the customary heavy fuel oil. They will also be fitted with an air bubble system that will reduce friction and fuel consumption to about three litres per passengers per 100 kilometres.
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $60 million to provide complete power and propulsion systems for two new cruise ships to be built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. at their shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, for German cruise line operator AIDA.
ABB’s delivery will help the ships to maximize their fuel efficiency, speed and maneuverability, as well as to provide a reliable power supply to improve the availability of onboard equipment. Each of the 125,000 ton cruise ships will have a passenger capacity of 3,250. The new ships are scheduled for delivery in March 2015 and March 2016.
"ABB’s comprehensive solutions for our ship operating customers include the most technologically advanced and energy efficient propulsion systems to help ships improve their maneuverability while using less fuel," said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. "We also provide reliable and efficient power systems needed to keep all onboard systems running at all times for optimum safety and passenger comfort."
ABB will supply complete electrical systems for both ships; including generators, and transformers for propulsion, engine room and distribution, frequency converters, bow thruster motors, and other related power system equipment, as well as its latest generation Azipod XO propulsion systems. ABB’s energy efficient Azipod propulsion saves fuel and provides greater maneuverability in all operating conditions.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.
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