Final Azipod-propelled Yamal LNG carrier delivered

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 12 December 2019

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The final vessel in a 15-ship series has entered service for Yamal LNG project ahead of schedule, powered by ABB’s leading-edge technology. Yakov Gakkel, owned by joint venture between Teekay LNG Partners and China LNG Partners, joins a fleet of 15 specially designed tankers transporting LNG year-round from one of Russia’s most significant export developments in a generation – Yamal LNG.

Built in less than six years and to ARC7 ice class, fifteen 170,000m3 capacity vessels have opened the Northern Sea Route to commercial gas shipping and significantly expanded the navigation period in the direction of the Asia-Pacific region and ensured year-round transportation of gas to the customers westwards.

Known for its performance in the harshest conditions, Azipod propulsion has become an industry standard for icegoing vessels. ABB has delivered electric propulsion systems to over 90 icebreakers or ice-going vessels with a propulsion power of up to 45 MW. Options for Azipod propulsion span 1MW to 22MW.

“The sheer scale of this project and the size of the Azipod units involved make this a milestone for ABB,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. “The fuel and emissions-saving capabilities of Azipod electric propulsion have made it the technology of choice for sensitive arctic conditions for almost 30 years, and we were delighted to leverage our experience to deliver safe and reliable technologies ahead of schedule in line with the project’s demands.”

The extensive scope of ABB solutions supplied as part of the projects also include turbochargers, generators, switchboards, transformers, electric drives and propulsion control systems. The order – one of the largest one’s ever for ABB Marine & Ports – was previously announced in Spring 2014.

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