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ABB Electric Propulsion to be Installed on Board a Bulk Carrier from Oldendorff Carriers

Logistic News - Published on Tue, 17 Sep 2019

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ABB said that it enters new market segment with order to install Azipod electric propulsion on board two dry bulk carriers from Germany’s largest bulk carrier company Oldendorff Carriers. Two self-unloading dry cargo transshipment units will be the first bulk carriers in the industry to feature ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion. Both vessels, due for delivery to Oldendorff Carriers in 2021 from the Chengxi Shipyard in China, will be equipped with a complete power and propulsion solution from ABB. Each 21,500 DWT vessel will feature two 1.9MW Azipod units. ABB will also supply a wide range of electric, digital and connected solutions, including main diesel-electric power plant, generators, bow thruster motors, transformers, switchboards and the power management system for propulsion and cargo handling.

Mr Jan Henneberg, Newbuilding Manager, Oldendorff Carriers, said that “The choice of Azipod electric propulsion system has reduced the investment costs dramatically as the vessels are already equipped with high power generation required for self-unloading/loading cargo handling. These shuttle vessels must perform reliably over an extended period at maximum efficiency, and need to be especially maneuverable in shallow waters.”

Controlling a fleet of around 700 ships, Oldendorff Carriers is Germany’s largest operator of bulk carriers. Around 95% of Oldendorff’s owned fleet is comprised of ‘eco’ newbuilds delivered since 2014, which are specifically designed for low fuel consumption and reduced carbon footprint.

Mr Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports, said that “This is a significant breakthrough for Azipod propulsion, reaching a ship type that some suggested would always remain closed to podded propulsion. We are especially pleased to add Oldendorff Carriers as an Azipod® propulsion reference, considering its reputation for building and operating high quality, reliable and environmentally-friendly ships.”

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Tue, 17 Sep 2019
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