March 12, 2012 – Energy-efficient propulsion and reliable electrical systems for two new cruise ships
to be built in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Zurich, Switzerland, March 12, 2012 – 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
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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