ABB’s Azipod propulsion system will power a Chinese polar science research icebreaker, the first vessel of its type to be built in China. The Polar Research Institute of China ship will be fitted with two Azipod VI units with combined power of 15 MWs. The order represents another milestone for ABB in the Chinese market and is recognition of Azipod propulsion’s history of reliability and efficiency on ice going vessels.
With a built-in high-efficiency AC motor and fixed-pitch propeller mounted directly on the motor shaft, the Azipod has revolutionized the ice-going segment. While mechanical thrusters have complex transmission with gears and shafts, the Azipod has only electrical cables between the power source and the electric motor. The icebreaker will be able to operate stern or bow first thanks the Azipod thruster’s ability to turn 360 degrees.
Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB’s Marine and Ports business said, “ABB delivered its first electric propulsion system to an icebreaker in 1939 and we are delighted to be playing such an important role in the first vessel of this type to be constructed in China. This deal reflects the close ties we have built within China”