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Monday, November 2, 2020 

ABB has received an order worth over US$300m from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering of South Korea to supply a power and propulsion package for six new LNG tankers which will operate along the Northern Sea Route.

Each of the six will feature three of ABB's largest and highest-rated ice-strengthened Azipod propulsion units. Three 17MW units will provide a total power of 51MW (68,400 hp), enabling the vessels to navigate safely through ice up to 2.1m thick, which will enable the tankers to make the passage without icebreaker assistance.

According to ABB, Azipods are frequently specified for ice-going applications. The electric drive motor is housed in a submerged pod outside the ship hull and can rotate 360 degrees to boost manoeuvrability, important for vessels operating in ice. The new LNG carriers will be classed to ARC7 – the highest ice class rating for merchant vessels.

The order follows the successful delivery of ABB technology for the 15-ship series servicing the Yamal LNG project – one of the largest orders ever for ABB Marine & Ports, completed in 2019.

Juha Koskela, Division President, ABB Marine & Ports, said: “We are proud to see our technology to be once again chosen for demanding operations in the Arctic. We are committed to supporting the growing Arctic maritime industries with our unparalleled technology that has over the years proven to enable safe, sustainable operations and ensures year-round transportation of cargoes across the Northern Sea Route.”

Upon delivery starting from 2023, the six vessels will service Arctic LNG 2 – one of the largest industrial projects in the Arctic – and will each have the capacity to transport 170,000m3 of LNG.

ABB has delivered electric propulsion systems to over 90 icebreakers or ice-going vessels. Options for Azipod propulsion span 1MW to 22MW. With its proven ability to cut fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to traditional shaftline propulsion systems, the Azipod technology has helped ABB achieve a strong position for environmentally-friendly electric propulsion. The ABB scope of supply for the six new vessels includes generators, switchboards, transformers, electric drives and propulsion control systems.

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