ABB’s new Azipod D and energy storage solution to feature on two high tech specialized offshore vessels

New generation of propulsion to power complex offshore vessels

February 15, 2016 (Zurich, Switzerland) – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will supply the power, propulsion and energy storage solution for two of the most innovative vessels operating in the offshore oil and gas sector.

The specialized vessels require an advanced propulsion and power generation system to perform its operation. The new Azipod D will help the vessels safely achieve millimeter precision at open sea.

The Azipod D is the latest generation of ABB’s award winning podded electric propulsion system. The vessels will each feature two 4.2 megawatt units. A hybrid cooling system using combination of direct seawater cooling and internal air cooling increases electric motor performance by up to 45 percent. Overall, the Azipod units will have a substantial impact on the ships fuel efficiency. Maneuverability and station keeping is the key for the vessels and the Azipod propulsor’s 360 degree steerable propeller makes it ideal for their requirements.

The Onboard DC Grid will cut fuel consumption by up to 27%. It allows the ships’ four 3600kW generators, also supplied by ABB, to operate at variable and optimum speed. The vessel is also equipped with batteries, which will further optimize use of the power plant and reduce energy consumption.

“The solutions we are providing will make these ships incredibly flexible and efficient to operate,” says Juha Koskela, Managing Director of BU Marine and Ports. “The Azipod D, Onboard DC Grid and energy storage are cutting edge technologies which match the demanding conditions often experienced in the offshore sector.”

In line with the high technology equipment onboard, the ships will also be equipped with ABB’s Remote Diagnostic Service. This system will connect the vessels to ABB’s shore side technical support centers where the technicians can monitor the performance of the vessel and ensure necessary support.
The vessels will measure 90 meters by 20 meters and is designed to accommodate 36 persons onboard. They are designed by the Arendal, Norway based firm Cefront Technology, and will be built by COSCO. The vessels are designed to operate globally.

About ABB Group

ABB ( is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.

About Cefront Technology ABB Marine and Ports

Based in the maritime cluster in Southern Norway, Cefront Technology delivers marine technology solutions to shipping, offshore and renewable energy markets worldwide. It is an independent privately owned marine technology provider focused on early-phase developments.

For more information please contact:

ABB Marine and Ports
Peter Lovegrove
Tel. +47 409 04 294