The new ABB marine drive for electrical propulsion

5 June, 2015 (Ulsteinvik, Norway) – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, launches a new propulsion drive. The NektonDrive helps vessels to use electrical power more efficiently and to lower environmental impact in a sustainable way.

The NektonDrive is a low voltage variable speed drive specially designed for demanding marine applications. It comes with a power range from 710 to 5700 kW at 690V AC.

The liquid cooled NektonDrive offers a compact dust-proof cabinet, minimizing the need for high power air conditioning in the installation area. To prevent dust from entering the power circuits, the upper section of the cabinet is kept closed during installation. The lower part of the cabinet holds a separate cabling entry and the vibration dampers are accessible from outside the cabinet.

Life cycle management and preventive maintenance have been key factors when designing the NektonDrive. The installed cabinet offers accessibility at the front and no service space on the side or back is necessary. A reduced number of spare part types and capabilities for remote diagnostics help to secure minimum downtime and easy access to spare parts throughout the vessel’s lifetime.

With its modular design, the NektonDrive can be designed and manufactured to meet almost any customer specific requirements.
ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people.

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Product Manager, Pål Strand
Stålhaugen 14
NO-6065 Ulsteinvik
Tel: +47 22 87 2000