Netherlands-based yacht builder Oceanco will be including ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion technology on a new superyacht that it is being built to ‘the highest sustainability standards’.
In a statement issued today (13 January), ABB said that this project for Oceanco ‘paves the way for broader cooperation on sustainable electric propulsion in a market expected to exceed $10 billion by 2025’.
ABB will be supplying two 2.5 MW Azipod units, together with propulsion drives and controls.
According to ABB, the Azipod system provides ‘superior fuel efficiency and manoeuvrability over conventional setups across a broad variety of vessel types from cruise ships to tankers and ferries’.
Azipod technology is based on a steerable propulsion system whose electric drive is contained in a submerged pod outside the ship’s hull rotating through 360 degrees. ABB claims that Azipod propulsion can ‘cut fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to traditional shaftline propulsion systems’.
Remco Jurgens, Naval Architect, Oceanco, commented: ‘With Oceanco’s ultimate goal of zero impact on the environment, we are delighted to collaborate with ABB Marine & Ports, whose leading-edge technologies are known for delivering the sustainability benefits increasingly sought by superyacht owners.’
Jurgens added that the two companies are assessing the potential for the integration of complete power and propulsion systems in future projects.