Ulstein returns to ABB for second expedition cruise ship

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

10 April 2019


Marine technology specialist ABB has secured the order covering power, automation, propulsion and digital systems for the second icegoing cruise ship to be built for Lindblad Expeditions by Ulstein.

Destined to take exploration cruise guests sustainably and safely on voyages deep into remote polar regions, the Lindblad Expeditions Holdings vessel will be built by the Norwegian yard Ulstein Verft to an Ulstein Design & Solutions design as a sister ship to National Geographic Endurance, now under construction. As before, the latest ship will have capacity for 126 passengers in 69 luxury guest cabins. The vessel will join the Lindblad fleet in late Q3 of 2021.

These ships feature one of the highest ice-classes assigned to purpose-built passenger vessels, PC5 Category A, and are designed to meet all regulations for navigation in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and to ensure the very highest level of passenger comfort and safety.

ABB will deliver a full power, distribution, control and automation package for the ship, integrated in the ABB Ability System 800xA, as well as twin 3.5MW electric Azipod DO propulsors. All systems will be connected 24/7 to the ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Center infrastructure for remote monitoring and support of vessel systems.

“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.”

“We continuously refine our range of automation, propulsion and digital systems for specific market segments,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB Marine & Ports. “We are delighted to be working with Lindblad once more to deliver the ship manoeuvrability and comfort in ice conditions made possible by the Azipod DO solution, but also the full scope of ABB’s electric, digital and connected vision offering. ABB’s support in real time is especially compelling in polar waters.”

In addition to minimising the risk of incidents, ABB has estimated that owners using remote diagnostics and predictive maintenance services through its seven land-based Collaborative Operations Centers can reduce the cost of repairs and maintenance by up to 50%, while on-site attendance by technical personnel can be cut by as much as 70%.