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ABB has secured a long-term service contract from Carnival Corporation to maintain and upgrade ABB’s Azipod propulsion equipment on 20 ships in their fleet for the next 15 years. The solution is expected to cut costs by as much as $1 million a year per ship.


Carnival is the world’s largest cruise ship operator and ABB’s Azipod solution is energy efficient and uses less fuel than traditional systems. It also provides better manoeuvrability in all operating conditions. The upgrades are anticipated to improve the already high energy efficiency of Azipod units by two and a half to four percent.

Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division believes customers in all industries “are looking at ways to reduce overall lifecycle costs and make such costs more predictable, while continuing to improve equipment performance. We provide a full portfolio of services, including ongoing technology upgrades and dependable maintenance support to help extend the life of equipment, and ensure that it runs at the highest energy efficiency levels possible.”

The service contract includes technology and energy efficiency upgrades for all Azipod systems and propulsion condition monitoring for all ships, and other system equipment maintenance.

In addition, ABB reports the contract also covers technology upgrades “such as the newly designed Azipod optimized fin shape, which receives water flow from the propeller at a new, less acute angle that redirects the flow more efficiently and Azipod Dynamic Optimizer, a software tool designed to control the pod toe angle, which provides even greater fuel savings for large vessels.”

ABB provides power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. For more information, visit www.abb.com.

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