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ABB’s electric propulsion system makes bulk carrier debut in Oldendorff order

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China’s Chengxi Shipyard has handed over the first of two self-unloading transshipment new-builds featuring ABB’s Azipod® electric propulsion system.

ABB’s electric propulsion system makes bulk carrier debut in Oldendorff order

The delivery saw two 1.9 MW Azipod units installed on each of the 21 500 DWT transshipment bulkers for Germany’s largest bulk carrier owner, Oldendorff, as part of a package of electric, digital, and connected solutions from ABB. The scope of supply also included diesel-electric power plant, drive systems complete with two bow thruster motors, power management systems for propulsion and cargo handling, as well as 50/60 Hz connectors to draw on zero emission shore power when in port.

“Collaborating with ABB has been a very positive experience,” said Joern Westfehling, Newbuilding Manager, Oldendorff Carriers.” We look forward to reaping the operational rewards of Azipod® propulsion, such as enhanced vessel efficiency and increased maneuverability.”

Jiafa Jiang, Vice General Manager of Chenxi Shipyard (Yangzhou) Co., Ltd added: “This was Chengxi Shipyard’s first time installing Azipod technology, and the process went remarkably smoothly. Compared to a conventional propulsion system, ABB Azipod propulsion has greatly reduced the construction complexity for the yard thanks to its simple design and ease of installation. ABB worked seamlessly with Chenxi Shipyard to ensure successful delivery of this world’s first self-unloading transshipment vessel.”

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