China’s Chengxi Shipyard handed over the first of twin self unloading transshipment newbuilds after both owner and builder highlight successful installation and commissioning for Azipod propulsion. 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.
Controlling a fleet of around 700 ships, around 95% of Oldendorff’s owned fleet is comprised of ‘eco’ newbuilds delivered since 2014, which are specifically designed for low fuel consumption and reduced carbon footprint. And since its forthcoming vessels will be tasked with transferring cargo from oceangoing ships in deep water for delivery to a port with restricted draft and space, maneuverability is also a vital consideration.
Over the course of three decades, ABB has supplied Azipod units for around 25 vessel types, with the propulsion system accumulating more than 17 million running hours in that time. As a flexible, proven fuel-saving technology, Azipod system has played a key role in developing ABB’s strong position for environmentally-friendly electric propulsion.