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ABB Azipod electric propulsion system has saved >700,000 tons of fuel for marine vessels so far

>ABB announced the total fuel savings of the entire installed Azipod fleet since being launched is estimated to be more than 700,000 tons. Assuming the average family car uses one ton of fuel annually, this savings corresponds to the annual fuel consumption of 700,000 cars. The Azipod electrical propulsion system—in which the electric motor with propeller is mounted inside a streamlined pod capable of 360-degree movement beneath the ship—has evolved to become the industry standard for the marine industry. The system can drive and steer the ship at the same time.

The gearless, steerable propulsion system reduces fuel consumption by up to 20% and achieves decimeter accurate maneuverability without the aid of tugboats. It is installed on an extremely wide range of vessels, including the world’s largest cruise ship (6,600 passengers); the most advanced icebreaker; one of the largest crane vessels in Asia; a 105-meter luxury superyacht; and most recently, an innovative cargo transfer vessel.


According to Clarkson’s Research, the leading shipbroker and research firm, the number of vessels with electric propulsion is growing at a pace of 12% per year, three times faster than the world’s fleet.

ABB is celebrating Azipod propulsion’s 25th anniversary this year.

Azipod propulsion units are the market-leading solution for today’s modern large cruise ships. The system is also dominating the growing icebreaking and icebreaking cargo ship sector. The most advanced port icebreaker will feature four Azipod propulsion units placed in an innovative design to allow the vessel to operate either bow or stern first, keeping ABB at the leading edge of icebreaking technology.

The entire installed Azipod propulsion unit base has accumulated 12 million operating hours in merchant, offshore and special vessel segments.



That sounds great, except what does it do for batteries and how do they charge the batteries? Hopefully not with a diesel generator out at sea.

John McAvoy

The electric drive of the pods is an alternative to a mechanical drive train. Almost all electricity is produced by IC generators. The whole setup is just more efficient.

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