|Posted by RCI fans on April 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM|
Royal Caribbean has announced that it has ordered azipods from ABB to provide the propulsion to its new class of cruise ships known as Project Sunshine. The $60 million deal will provide propulsion to the two new cruise ships that are being built by Meyer Werft for Royal Caribbean due for completion in 2014 and 2015.
ABB will supply a complete electrical systems for the new ships, the delivery for each ship includes power generation and distribution systems, thruster motors, and two 20.5MW propulsion systems including transformers, drives and two Azipod XO propulsion units. The Azipod propulsion is claimed to use less fuel than traditional systems, and to provide greater maneuverability in all operating conditions.
ABB says that its deliverables will maximize the ships fuel efficiency, speed and maneuverability while reducing emissions and providing reliable power to the ships. All of this will help Royal Caribbean meet its energy efficiency and environmental impact targets.