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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 

ABB has contracted with Dutch luxury yacht builder Oceanco to supply electric Azipod technology for a superyacht built to the highest sustainability standards, the order covering supply of two 2.5 MW Azipod units, together with propulsion drives and controls.

The Azipod system claims superior fuel efficiency and manoeuvrability over conventional setups across a variety of vessel types from cruise ships to tankers and ferries. The scalability of Azipod means that it is equally suited to the environmentally conscious superyacht sector, a market where owners place high value on comfort standards brought by lower noise and vibrations.

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. Launched three decades ago, Azipod claims proven ability to cut fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to traditional shaftline propulsion systems.

“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,” said Remco Jurgens, Naval Architect, Oceanco.

“We are very pleased to have closed this first deal with Oceanco, and we look forward to collaborating in the future. Our two companies share an ethos of sustainable business development that provides a strong foundation for our relationship,” said Thomas Hackman, Market Development Manager, Superyachts, ABB Marine & Ports.

Both companies have recently underlined their commitment to sustainable development and ambitious targets that will also help decarbonize the marine sector. As part of its Sustainability strategy 2030 launched in November 2020, ABB aims for carbon neutrality across its own operations and will support its customers in reducing their annual CO2 emissions by at least 100 megatonnes. Meanwhile, the superyacht builder has launched the Oceanco NXT initiative to collaborate with partners across different business sectors with the ultimate aim of designing and building zero-emission superyachts.

“We see ABB as a leading supplier and an essential partner for future developments,” said Jurgens. “Efficient energy management systems, energy storage, and advanced propulsion systems are considered fundamental to achieving our goal.”

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