ABB and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Expand Long-Term Partnership

ABB and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Expand Long-Term Partnership

Global automation company ABB has strengthened its existing agreement with leading cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to accelerate the decarbonisation of the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) fleet. 

The agreement covers 14 existing vessels and a further four vessels that are due to be delivered from 2025 to 2028. 

The first phase of the new partnership involves a 10-year fleet service agreement for Azipod® propulsion, including the modernisation of the propulsion control systems of 11 vessels, and installation of shore connection technology on board four vessels. By the end of this programme the NCL fleet will be able to connect to shoreside power supply connections for emissions-free operations whilst in port. 

The Azipod® propulsion technology was first introduced three decades ago, and during that time has delivered unparalleled gains in performance, efficiency, sustainability and reliability.

Furthermore, the gearless, steerable propulsion system can rotate 360 degrees, improving vessel manoeuvrability. ABB claims that the Azipod® system is also able to cut fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to conventional shaft line systems. According to a statement from the company, the Azipod® system has collectively saved more than one million tons of fuel in the cruise segment over the past 25 years. 

Commenting on the renewed partnership between ABB and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Patrick Dahlgren, Executive Vice President, Vessel Operations, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said: 

“We are pleased to solidify our long-term collaboration with ABB in a strategic partnership that aligns with our climate action strategy, centred as it is on the pillars of efficiency, innovation and collaboration. 

With ABB’s support, we will accelerate the decarbonisation and digitalisation of our fleet, taking our operations another step forward towards a sustainable future”.

Juha Koskela, Division President of ABB Marine & Ports commented on the partnership, saying: 

“Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is a highly valued partner of ABB, and this agreement reaffirms the strong collaboration between our companies. 

We are pleased to continue our collaboration and see our solutions and services playing an integral role in the modernisation of their growing cruise fleet. 

Through this collaboration, we will help NCLH to achieve safer and more efficient vessel operations while, more broadly, contributing to maritime decarbonisation”.

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