ABB’s Azipod Propulsion for Superyacht

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

February 22, 2016

Azipod CO Lingang China Photo ABB

Azipod CO Lingang China Photo ABB

ABB will deliver electrical propulsion and power systems to a new luxury superyacht. The 100+ meter LOA vessel, Zoza (working title), is scheduled for delivery in 2018 and will be built by Benetti shipyard in Livorno, Italy.

The owner of the ship selected ABB’s Azipod propulsion at an early stage of the design process, after prioritizing energy efficiency and passenger comfort. The vessel will feature two Azipod C propulsion units which will bring maximum maneuverability whilst producing minimal noise and vibration.
“ABB was chosen because of its vast experience in the passenger vessel field and global service network. We have worked with ABB in earlier projects and have become convinced of the many benefits of Azipod propulsion and life-long support for our yacht”, says Andrew North, the Owner´s Advisor.

The end result of the project is a high technology solution with six main engines and an electrical power plant, with the option to connect with a battery plant. Zoza will be one of the first yachts in the world with this solution.
“We are very proud that the owner and the yard chose ABB to deliver the electric power and propulsion systems for this yacht. We believe that Azipod C will fit perfectly for the concept of one the world´s innovative and energy efficient superyachts”, says Juha Koskela, Managing Director for ABB’s marine and ports business.
“We are very pleased to continue our decade long business relationship with ABB.  Through the years they have provided excellent support and we are convinced this productive partnership will continue with this superyacht as well,” says Vincenzo Poerio, CEO of Benetti.

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