Genting to introduce remote systems monitoring on newbuilds with ABB deal

The Azipod electric propulsion systems installed on the newbuilds can be monitored from shore

ABB reports that it has secured a €157 million contract to supply power, propulsion and digital systems for Genting Hong Kong’s six ‘Universal Class’ vessels, with the package also including remote monitoring of onboard equipment from shore.

Each of the 286-metre vessels will be propelled by twin ABB Azipod electric propulsion units and will run on low-emission liquified natural gas. The vessels will be built by the Genting-owned shipbuilding company MV Werften, due for delivery in 2023-2024.

The vessels will all be delivered with the capability to be connected to ABB’s Ability Collaborative Operations Center infrastructure, which monitors the performance of the technology installed on board and remotely connects operators with ABB experts to assist in optimising performance and minimising downtime.

“With these vessels, we enter a new era of sustainable cruising, and we are pleased to collaborate with ABB, who through the years have proven to be a reliable solution provider enabling us to deploy advanced technology that defines the future of cruising,” said Peter Fetten, President and CEO of MV Werften.

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