ABB wins order for next gen Arctic icebreaker

The Baltic Shipyard Ltd has awarded ABB with an order to supply powerful propulsion and energy efficient electrical systems for a new icebreaker vessel under construction for Russia’s state shipping company Rosmorport FSUE.
The integrated propulsion and electrical systems will maximize the performance and energy efficiency of the icebreaker.
ABB is a leading power and automation technology group.
The 25-megawatt line diesel-electric icebreaker is the next-generation multifunctional diesel-electric icebreaker. The icebreaker will take the Northern Sea Route, the Arctic seas and estuaries of rivers discharging into the Arctic Ocean. The icebreaker is able to proceed continuously both ahead and astern at 2 knots in compact ice fields up to two metres thick with 20 centimetres of snow cover and temperatures as low as -35 C. The delivery schedule is due to start in 2013 and the vessel will be delivered to Rosmorport in 2015.

“The extreme conditions north of the Arctic Circle demand constant availability and high-energy efficiency from all systems on board,” said the head of ABB’s Process Automation division, Veli-Matti Reinikkala in a press release. “ABB’s solutions will ensure the reliability and maneuverability required for this type of ship’s operation. This agreement represents a very significant milestone for us, underlining our excellent reputation in the Russian market as a long-term, reliable partner and reinforcing our global leadership in supplying propulsion for icebreaking vessels.”
ABB will provide integrated power generation and distribution systems, thruster motors, fire-fighting pump motors as well as 25-megawatt propulsion systems. The propulsion system of the vessel features two Azipod® thruster units and one centerline arranged shafting with a fixed pitch propeller. All Azipod propulsion units for this project are specifically designed for extreme Arctic ice class RMRS Icebreaker-8.
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