Northern Sea Route LNG carriers to feature ABB Azipod propulsion
(ZURICH) — ABB has secured a contract from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in excess of $300 million to supply a comprehensive power and propulsion package for six new specialized vessels that will transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) along the Northern Sea Route.
Each of the six newbuild vessels will feature a trio of the largest and most powerful Azipod propulsion units ever supplied for ships operating in ice. Together, the 17-MW Azipod units will provide a total power of 51 MW (68,400 hp), enabling the vessels to navigate safely through ice up to 6.5 feet thick. In similar conditions and without ABB’s technology, comparable ships would require icebreaker assistance.
The Azipod propulsion system, where the electric drive motor is in a submerged pod outside the ship hull, can rotate 360 degrees to boost maneuverability, which is particularly crucial for vessels operating in ice. The new LNG carriers will be classed to ARC7 – the highest ice class rating for merchant vessels.
The order follows the successful delivery of ABB’s technology for the 15-ship series servicing the Yamal LNG project – one of the largest orders ever for ABB Marine & Ports, completed in 2019.
Upon delivery starting in 2023, the six vessels will service Arctic LNG 2 – one of the largest industrial projects in the Arctic – and will each have the capacity to transport 170,000 cubic meters of LNG.