Swiss-Swedish corporation, ABB, has secured an order covering power, automation, propulsion and digital systems for the second icegoing cruise ship to be built by Ulstein for Lindblad Expeditions.
Designed for cruises in remote polar regions, the Lindblad Expeditions vessel will be built by the Norwegian yard Ulstein Verft as a sister ship to National Geographic Endurance, whose construction is already underway. Both ships have capacity for 126 passengers in 69 guest cabins and feature one of the highest ice-classes assigned to purpose-built passenger vessels, PC5 Category A.
“We are delighted to continue our work with ABB on this second highly innovative polar ship,” said Nikolaos G Doulis, senior vice president, new buildings, Lindblad Expeditions. “Passenger safety and comfort are paramount for any cruise operator, so it is critical that our suppliers can demonstrate proven reliability and offer continuous support via ship-shore connectivity, especially as ships venture to more remote locations and ice conditions.”
ABB will deliver a full power, distribution, control and automation package for the new ship, integrated in the ABB AbilityTM System 800xA, as well as twin 3.5MW electric Azipod DO propulsors. All systems will be connected at all times to the ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations Center for remote monitoring and support.
ABB has estimated that owners using its seven land-based Collaborative Operations Centers can reduce the cost of repairs and maintenance by up to 50%, whilst on-site attendance by technical personnel can be cut by as much as 70%.
The new vessel will join the Lindblad fleet in Q3 of 2021.