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Energy-efficient propulsion solution for luxury superyacht

22 Feb 2016 12:04 GMT

Power solution to include the option to connect to a battery plant.



Power and automation technology group, ABB, has agreed a deal to deliver electrical propulsion and power systems to a new luxury superyacht.

The new vessel, which has been given the working name Zoza and will be over 100 metres in length, is scheduled for delivery in 2018. It is to be built by Benetti shipyard in Livorno, Italy.

According to ABB, 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 [pictured] propulsion units, which are designed to provide maximum manoeuvrability 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," remarked 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 of the world's innovative and energy efficient superyachts," commented 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," said Vincenzo Poerio, CEO of Benetti.

Image: ABB's Azipod C propulsion system.






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