ABB in 3D at Nor-Shipping

2009-06-29 - ABB’s three dimensional animations created a stir at the Nor-Shipping Exhibition in Lillestrøm, Norway in mid-June, while ABB's next generation Azipod was a featured product.

By ABB Communications

Despite the economic downturn, Nor-Shipping broke all previous attendance records for both visitors and exhibitors. In attendance was the manager of BU Marine and Cranes, Heikki Soljama, who liked what he saw in the 144-square meter ABB stand.

"I think it was impressive, especially the screens with animations of what we can deliver," Soljama said. "Marketing and sales, connecting with our customers and partners is more important than ever, especially now, which is why we have to be at an exhibition like this."

Global management of the Marine business unit also held a meeting during the event.

"I think the future looks bright, as some of the most important drivers in the maritime industry right now are areas that we are strong in, such as energy efficiency and environmental issues," Soljama said.

The president of ABB AS Norway, Rune Finne also spent much time at ABB’s stand, and he also believes in a bright future.

New generation Azipod at Nor-Shipping 2009

"The next generation of Azipod is a response to what our customers want in terms of even more effective propulsion systems and fewer maintenance costs," said Juha Sippola, head of sales support for special vessels. "Many have been curious about the model we brought with us. It's only the second time we've shown it to an audience,"

"With nearly one billion dollars in order reserve, our maritime operations in Norway are fully covered for at least another two years, but that is certainly no reason to slow down. When the market slows down, we need to spend our time efficiently developing new solutions for our customers, and ensure we are ready when the market wakes up again," he said.

The next generation Azipod is a centerpiece of ABB's world famous electric propulsion system for ships, which usually consists of an Azipod, a frequency converter and a power supply.

Azipod units increase fuel efficiency by up to 15 percent in vessels using an efficient design that delivers enhanced maneuverability in harbors and confined areas.
ABB is the world leader in electric propulsion, and offers a full range of systems, from variable speed electric machinery for shaftline propulsion and mechanical thusters to the unique family of Azipod podded propulsion systems.

Azipod units increase fuel efficiency by up to 15 percent in vessels using an efficient design that delivers enhanced maneuverability in harbors and confined areas.

"The next generation of Azipod is a response to what our customers want in terms of even more effective propulsion systems and fewer maintenance costs," said Juha Sippola, head of sales support for special vessels. "Many have been curious about the model we brought with us. It's only the second time we've shown it to an audience."

Next generation Azipod
The new generation Azipod propulsion system is designed for reduced lifecycle costs, minimized fuel consumption and emissions, and enhanced maintainability, offering more flexible integration with ship hulls and improved reliability.

It will feature a revised bearing and sealing arrangement that completely separates the oil and water seals, as well as a void space factored into the hull design to contain possible seal leaks or an influx of seawater. The design of the Azipod hull is improved to allow greater access to internal seals and bearings for maintenance at sea.

ABB Azipod units are being rebranded according to size, product and usage. Large units will be designated by ‘V’, compact units will be designated by ‘C’, and next generation units will be designated by ‘X’. Open water units will be described by ‘O’, ice application units will be designated by ‘I’, and nozzle units will be designated by ‘Z’.

Electric propulsion systems are well established on many types of vessels and are emerging in new ones. They meet ever-increasing demands for safety, reliability, operational economy and good environmental performance.



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    Azipod is a centerpiece of ABB's world famous electric propulsion system for ships, which usually consists of an Azipod unit, a frequency converter and a power supply.

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