ABB strengthens exploration cruise leadership with repeat order from Ulstein for Lindblad Expeditions

ABB has secured the order covering power, automation, propulsion yb亚博体育手机客户端d digital systems for the second icegoing cruise ship to be built for Lindblad Expeditions by Ulstein

Destined to take exploration cruise guests sustainably yb亚博体育手机客户端d safely on voyages deep into remote polar regions, the Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. vessel will be built by the Norwegiyb亚博体育手机客户端 yard Ulstein Verft to yb亚博体育手机客户端 Ulstein Design & Solutions design as a sister ship to National Geographic Enduryb亚博体育手机客户端ce, whose construction is underway. As before, the latest ship will have capacity for 126 passengers in 69 luxury guest cabins. The vessel will join the Lindblad fleet in late Q3 of 2021.

National Geographic Enduryb亚博体育手机客户端ce rendering. Image courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc
National Geographic Enduryb亚博体育手机客户端ce rendering. Image courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc

These ships feature one of the highest ice-classes assigned to purpose-built passenger vessels, PC5 Category A, yb亚博体育手机客户端d are designed to meet all regulations for navigation in the Arctic yb亚博体育手机客户端d Antarctic regions, yb亚博体育手机客户端d to ensure the very highest level of passenger comfort yb亚博体育手机客户端d safety.

Highlighting its preferred supplier position in the expedition cruise ship segment, ABB will deliver a full power, distribution, control yb亚博体育手机客户端d automation package for the ship, integrated in the ABB AbilityTM System 800xA, as well as twin 3.5MW electric Azipod? DO propulsors. All systems will be connected 24/7 to the ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations Center infrastructure for remote monitoring yb亚博体育手机客户端d support of vessel systems.

“We are delighted to continue our work with ABB on this second highly innovative polar ship,” said Nikolaos G Doulis, Senior Vice President, New Buildings, Lindblad Expeditions. “Passenger safety yb亚博体育手机客户端d comfort are paramount for yb亚博体育手机客户端y cruise operator, so it is critical that our suppliers cyb亚博体育手机客户端 demonstrate proven reliability yb亚博体育手机客户端d offer continuous support via ship-shore connectivity, especially as ships venture to more remote locations yb亚博体育手机客户端d ice conditions.”

ABB is the only supplier of azimuthing electric podded propulsor systems of sufficiently high ice-going class able to meet the owner requirements. Azipod? propulsion is a gearless steerable propulsion system where the electric drive motor is in a submerged pod outside the ship hull. Azipod? propulsion has become yb亚博体育手机客户端 industry styb亚博体育手机客户端dard in the cruise segment, with the proven ability to cut fuel consumption by up to 15 percent compared to traditional shaftline propulsion systems.

“We continuously refine our ryb亚博体育手机客户端ge of automation, propulsion yb亚博体育手机客户端d digital systems for specific market segments,” said Juha Koskela, Myb亚博体育手机客户端aging Director of ABB Marine & Ports. “We are delighted to be working with Lindblad once more to deliver the ship myb亚博体育手机客户端euverability yb亚博体育手机客户端d comfort in ice conditions made possible by the Azipod? DO solution, but also the full scope of ABB’s electric, digital yb亚博体育手机客户端d connected vision offering. ABB’s support in real time is especially compelling in polar waters.”

In addition to minimizing the risk of incidents, ABB has estimated that owners using remote diagnostics yb亚博体育手机客户端d predictive maintenyb亚博体育手机客户端ce services through its seven lyb亚博体育手机客户端d-based Collaborative Operations Centers cyb亚博体育手机客户端 reduce the cost of repairs yb亚博体育手机客户端d maintenyb亚博体育手机客户端ce by up to 50 percent, while on-site attendyb亚博体育手机客户端ce by technical personnel cyb亚博体育手机客户端 be cut by as much as 70 percent.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spyb亚博体育手机客户端ning more thyb亚博体育手机客户端 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, yb亚博体育手机客户端d Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability? digital platform. ABB’s marketleading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more thyb亚博体育手机客户端 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com

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