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'Most powerful LNG carrier in the world' launched

ABB's Azipod propulsion units will be used to power the vessel through the arctic conditions.





Updated on 28 Jan 2016 11:53 GMT

The first of a series of Azipod-powered LNG ice-going carriers, set to transport its cargo from Siberia to Europe and Asia, has been launched. Constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea, it is described by power and automation company ABB as being "the most powerful LNG carrier in the world".

The vessel will be prepared for commissioning startup of the ABB equipment from the beginning of March.

ABB's scope of supply includes turbochargers, generators, switchboards, transformers, electric drives, propulsion control and the Azipod propulsion units that will power the vessels through the arctic conditions. According to ABB, its energy efficient Azipod propulsion uses less fuel than traditional systems, and provides better manoeuvrability in all operating conditions.

The vessel contract is part of a project to transport LNG from the Yamal peninsula in Northwest Siberia to Asia and Europe. The order was booked in the first quarter of 2014.

The LNG will be shipped out of Sabetta port using the new 170,000-cubic-metre LNG carriers built to ice-breaking capability of ARC 7, an ice-class scale that goes up to 9. Shipment will be made to Asia via the Northern Sea Route in summer months, resulting in substantially reduced delivery times when compared to transit via traditional routes, as well as cutting fuel consumption and ship fuel emissions.






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