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ABB to outfit polar cruise vessel with digital systems

ABB is to deliver a range of hardware and digital systems to a new Lindblad Expeditions Holdings vessel, a passenger ship which will operate exploration cruises in remote polar areas.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Polar Explorer is being designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions and will be constructed by the Norwegian yard Ulstein Verft. The vessel will be delivered in the first quarter of 2020.

“The emergence of a distinct market for expedition cruise ships bound for polar waters plays into two areas of ABB expertise,” said Juha Koskela, managing director, ABB Marine & Ports.

“Electrical solutions are more reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible than their mechanical counterparts, as well as better aligned with digitalisation. Similarly, Azipod propulsion achieves greater manoeuvrability and improves passenger and crew comfort on board, while its gearless construction reduces environmental risk.”

The new systems installed on the vessel will be connected to ABB’s Collaborative Operations Center infrastructure, which monitors the performance of ABB technology on board and remotely connects operators with ABB experts.

ABB operates seven land-based centres coordinating remote equipment analysis, monitoring and diagnostics, and predictive maintenance services, which it estimates can reduce on-call vessel visits of service engineers by up to 70 per cent.{/mprestriction}

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