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ABB wins Russian order to propel Arctic oil spill vessels

20th September 2013

ABB’s Azipod marine propulsion system will equip two new Russian rescue and salvage icebreakers bound for Arctic waters

ABB wins Russian order to propel Arctic oil spill vessels
The vessels will be used for oil-spill response and search and rescue tasks in offshore oil and gas fields in the Arctic

A Swiss-based power and automation technology group will supply its marine propulsion technology for two icebreakers that will conduct oil spill response activities in the Arctic, as part of a USD 25m contract with a Russian association which reflects the country’s growing interest in the ice-covered region.

 

ABB’s scope of supply will include 3.5 megawatt marine propulsion (MW) Azipod VI units, main switchboards, drives, bow thrusters and generators. Each vessel will have 7 MW of total power capacity.

 

Azipod is a podded electric propulsion unit. The pod can be rotated around its vertical axis to give the propulsion thrust freely to any direction. ABB claims the system improves the operations of ice going vessels, while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

 

The vessels will be used for oil-spill response and search and rescue tasks in offshore oil and gas fields in the Arctic, where Russia is witnessing fast-growing activities. The vessels are designed for Arctic conditions and are able to perform rescue operations in waters covered by ice of up to one metre thick. 

 

The new icebreakers, owned by Russia’s State Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (SMRCC), are under construction at Nordic Yards GmbH in Germany. 

 

“Since ABB’s first delivery of Azipod technology for ice breakers in the 1990s, 60 units have been delivered for more than 30 ice-going vessels,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division.