ABB wins total solution order for polar newbuild

ABB wins total solution order for polar newbuild
The Lindblad Polar Explorer

ABB has been chosen to deliver a comprehensive scope of power, automation, propulsion and digital solutions for a new Lindblad Expeditions Holdings’ vessel.

The ice-going vessel will include ABB’s power and automation solutions and two ABB Azipod DO propulsion units to permit safe and efficient operation in challenging and remote polar waters. As well as being capable of navigation in sea ice, meeting all regulations for operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters, the Azipod DO propulsion units require 25% less power than comparable propulsors of equivalent performance, according to ABB.

The vessel will also make use of the ABB Ability System 800xA to further improve efficiency and safety of the polar newbuild. The system integrates power, propulsion, and vessel management into one platform, enabling crew and onshore teams to gain a comprehensive overview of all information needed to operate the vessel at maximum efficiency. ABB Ability will be connected to the ABB Collaborative Operations Centre, which monitors the performance of ABB technology on board and remotely connects operators with ABB experts.

Nikolaos G Doulis, Senior Vice President, New Buildings, Lindblad Expeditions says: “We are excited to partner with ABB to help build our blue water vessel, one of the most technologically advanced expedition vessels in the industry. Our selection of ABB is based on our experience of them as a reliable, innovative partner. ABB Azipod propulsion offers major safety benefits for our vessel with exceptional fuel consumption, high performance in demanding ice conditions, and remarkably improved onboard comfort.”

The emergence of a distinct market for expedition cruise ships bound for polar waters plays into two areas of ABB expertise,” adds Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. “Electrical solutions are more reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible than their mechanical counterparts, as well as better aligned with digitalization. Similarly, Azipod propulsion achieves greater manoeuvrability and improves passenger and crew comfort on board, while its gearless construction reduces environmental risk.”

The vessel has been designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions and will be constructed by Ulstein Design & Solutions, Norway. It is expected for delivery in the first quarter of 2020. Ulstein also holds the option to build two additional ships for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings to the same design.