Swiss-Swedish technology company ABB has been contracted to deliver power and propulsion systems for Seabourn’s two new expedition cruise ships.
The Seattle-based Seabourne Cruise Line is set to receive the two 170-meter units from Italian yard T. Mariotti, in June 2021 and May 2022 respectively.
The first ship was named Seabourne Venture in March 2019 while the second one is yet to be named.
Built to Polar Code 6 hull specifications, the 264-passenger capacity vessels have been designed for the polar expedition market.
ABB’s power and propulsion technology for the 23,000 gross ton ships will integrate main generators, switchboard, convertors, bow thruster motors and the remote control system in a single package. The order also includes twin 6MW Azipod propulsion units.
“The selection of ABB’s Azipod propulsion was a natural decision for Seabourn because, in conjunction with our PC6 ice strengthened hull, they will provide excellent maneuverability and operational control in the polar and other regions around the globe,” said Rick Meadows, president of Seabourn.