ABB and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) have entered into a long-term partnership to enhance safety, efficiency, and sustainability across the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) fleet. Focused on decarbonization and digitalization, the collaboration includes a 10-year Azipod® propulsion service agreement, modernization of propulsion control systems, and the installation of shore connection technology on select vessels.
Decarbonization and Digitalization Goals
The strategic partnership underscores NCLH’s commitment to a climate action strategy centred on efficiency, innovation, and collaboration. ABB’s support will accelerate the decarbonization and digitalization of NCL’s fleet, aligning with broader efforts to foster sustainable maritime operations.
Comprehensive Fleet Upgrades
The partnership encompasses 14 existing ships and four vessels scheduled for delivery from 2025 to 2028. ABB will provide preventive maintenance through a 10-year Azipod® propulsion service agreement, ensuring safety and maximizing vessel availability. Additionally, propulsion control systems on 11 vessels will undergo modernization, and shore connection technology will be installed on four ships, enabling emissions-free operations while in port.
Revolutionizing Maritime Transport
Azipod® propulsion, a technology developed by ABB, has been a transformative force in marine transport for over 25 years. The gearless, steerable propulsion system has significantly enhanced performance, efficiency, and sustainability, saving more than one million tons of fuel in the cruise segment alone. The collaboration between ABB and NCLH is poised to contribute to safer, more efficient vessel operations while advancing broader goals of maritime decarbonization.
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