ABB wins total solution order for first polar newbuild for Lindblad
Swiss automation and propulsion giant ABB will deliver a comprehensive scope of power, automation, propulsion and digital solutions for the new Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. vessel that will take passengers on exploration cruises in remote polar areas.
Designed with a focus on safety, environmental sustainability and comfort, this ice-going vessel will be equipped with ABB’s power and automation solutions, as well as two Azipod® DO propulsion units. ABB is the only supplier of azimuthing electric podded propulsor systems of sufficiently high ice-going class able to meet the owner’s requirements.
The polar explorer is 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 vessel, dubbed “the world’s foremost expedition ship”, will let passengers connect with the outside environment through specially designed observation areas, as well as allow easy access to off-ship exploring. It will feature 69 guest cabins and onboard facilities fit for the most demanding travellers.
In addition to enabling the vessel to navigate through sea ice and meet regulations for operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters, Azipod DO units require 25% less installed power than propulsors of equivalent performance.
ABB Ability™ System 800xA will further improve efficiency and safety of the polar newbuild. It integrates power, propulsion and vessel management systems into one platform, enabling both crew and onshore teams to get a comprehensive overview of all the information needed to operate the vessel in the optimal way. All control and monitoring applications have a uniform look and feel, allowing for a more intuitive user experience. Leveraging ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations, 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. This can be particularly crucial for vessels operating in remote areas.
Ulstein holds options to build two additional ships for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. to the same design.
By Jake Frith
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