Zurich - ABB has secured a 157 million euros contract to supply power, propulsion and digital solutions for Genting Hong Kong’s six ‘Universal Class’ vessels that will bring global hotel brands to sea. The new vessels will be designed to the highest safety and environmental standards and will be powered by ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion, which has become the cruise industry standard since its launch in 1990, writes ABB in a press release.
Each of the 286-meter vessels will be propelled by twin Azipod units, with a combined power of 30 MW (40,230 HP) and will run on low-emission liquified natural gas. The vessels will be built by the Genting-owned shipbuilding company MV Werften with sites in Wismar, Rostock and Stralsund in Germany.
The vessels are due for delivery in 2023-2024. The six vessels will bring luxury cruising experiences to its guests and feature high-end amenities, as well as having a passenger capacity of 1,000 to 4,000 passengers depending on the Luxury, Premium or Contemporary class. Each cruise ship will have a total of 15 decks. Genting will operate these vessels for global hotel brands that want to enter the marine industry but are facing constraints related to most shipbuilding slots being occupied at present.The vessels will have the capability to be connected to ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations Center infrastructure, which monitors the performance of ABB technology on board and remotely connects operators with ABB experts. “These vessels represent the next generation of cruising, with their high flexibility, sustainable profile and highest safety and efficiency standards. ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion, known for its unparalleled performance, environmental credentials and reliability, has been a natural choice for these vessels,” said Gustaf Gronberg, Executive Vice President, Marine Operations & Newbuilding, Genting Hong Kong.