ABB, a global leader in power and automation technology, has won a long-term service contract to improve energy efficiency and maintain and upgrade ABB's Azipod equipment over the next 15 years for 20 ships in their fleet, therefore cutting costs by as much as $1 million a year per ship.
ABB's energy efficient Azipod uses less fuel than traditional systems, and provides better manoeuvrability in all operating conditions. It is predicted that the upgrades should improve the already high energy efficiency of Azipod units by 2.5 to 4 percent.
"Customers in all industries are looking at ways to reduce overall lifecycle costs and make such costs more predictable, while continuing to improve equipment performance," said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB's Process Automation division.
"We provide a full portfolio of services, including ongoing technology upgrades and dependable maintenance support to help extend the life of equipment, and ensure that it runs at the highest energy efficiency levels possible."
The service contract covers technology and energy efficiency upgrades for all Azipod systems and propulsion condition monitoring for all ships, and other system equipment maintenance. The contract includes technology upgrades such as the newly designed Azipod optimised fin shape, which receives water flow from the propeller at a new, less acute angle that redirects the flow more efficiently.
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