A Viking Line cruise ferry is to be fitted with an ABB Ability System 800xA marine automation system, providing complete power, propulsion, and vessel management under one platform.
The marine automation system enables crew and onshore teams to get a comprehensive overview of all the information needed to operate the vessel safely and efficiently. The vessel will include an ABB electrical power generation and distribution system, bow thruster motors, and twin XO 2100-type Azipod units.
The 63,000 GT liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled vessel is being built at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry. It will carry 2,800-passengers between Turku and the Åland Islands, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden, in 2020. The contract between ABB and the Chinese shipyard marks the first marine automation system contract signed for a cruise ferry and sets a new benchmark for systems integration.
“On her delivery, this vessel will be the most efficient cruise ferry operating in the Baltic, if not the world,” said Jan Hanses, President and CEO, Viking Line. “Extending our arrangement with ABB to include the full automation package made perfect sense, given that ABB has the dedicated local automation team and access to global engineering resources that will ensure both responsiveness and delivery of a vessel benefiting from the highest levels of systems integration.”
Juha Koskela, managing director, ABB Marine & Ports commented: “As ABB’s first marine automation contract for a cruise ferry in China, this is a breakthrough in a crucial territory where our marine business continues to increase, but it also confirms that our ‘Electric. Digital. Connected’ strategy is gaining traction in a growing number of sectors and markets. Integration that is available from the ground up meets today’s requirements and positions ABB to incorporate future technologies in a straightforward way.”