ABB will supply a comprehensive power and propulsion package for China’s first domestically built cruise ship, in a landmark deal with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS).
The Azipod steerable propulsion systems, also used for the construction of China’s first ever home-grown cruise ship, due for delivery in 2023, according to a press release on Tuesday.
ABB has been awarded a contract to supply an integrated package, including two Azipod steerable propulsion systems, for the construction of China’s first ever home-grown cruise ship. ABB’s deep domain knowledge in cruise technology coupled with its local expertise makes it the perfect partner to support this significant milestone in the evolution of China’s shipbuilding industry.
The 323-meter vessel, due for delivery in 2023, can accommodate 5,000 passengers and is designed to suit the tastes of Chinese cruise travelers whose numbers are expected to rise to 8-10 million annually by 2025, according to industry body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
“With this project, China is making great strides in cruise shipbuilding. We believe the key to success is in working closely with experienced stakeholders, and our selection of ABB is based on their unparalleled know-how of the cruise market, as well as capabilities and understanding of running projects locally in China. I’m looking forward to seeing the close cooperation between ABB and the shipyard to provide high level solutions and services for the first cruise vessel built in China,” according to Gang Chen, Shanghai Waogaoqiao Shipbuilding Co.’s general manager.