ABB has agreed a deal to supply a digitally connected power and propulsion package for China’s first domestically-built cruise ship, which will allow the vessel’s onboard systems to be remotely monitored and optimised from shore.
The new vessel will be part of a fleet of Chinese-built cruise ships operated by CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited, a joint venture between Carnival Corporation and the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).
ABB’s deal with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSSC, will see the Finland-based company supply two Azipod steerable propulsion systems and a complete electric power plant for the 323-metre vessel, due for delivery in 2023.
The digitally connected systems include in-built remote diagnostics capabilities, which can link with ABB’s Ability Collaborative Operation Centres on shore to provide support for optimisation of the performance of the ship.
“We are truly honoured to be part of this breakthrough project for China’s first home-built cruise vessel,” said Peter Terwiesch, President of the Industrial Automation division, ABB.
“ABB has a long-standing history in delivering electric, digital and connected solutions to the cruise market globally, and with our strong local experience and proven solutions, we are committed to support China’s current and future cruise demands.”