ABB tech ordered for LNG-powered fast ferry
ABB said that the company has won an order to deliver complete electric power plant, electrical propulsion systems and an energy management solution for Estonia-based Tallink Grupp´s new LNG-powered fast ferry.
The large-scale ferry will be built at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland for delivery at the beginning of 2017. The vessel will be about 212 meters in length with a gross tonnage of 49,000. The ferry, planned to carry 2,800 passengers, will operate between Tallinn and Helsinki.
ABB’s delivery will help the new ship to minimize fuel and power consumption while providing reliable power supply for all the electrical power equipment and systems in the LNG-powered ferry, the company said in a statement.
ABB will deliver the complete power plant and propulsion systems, including efficient, well-proven synchronous propulsion motors and ACS600SD drives, medium voltage generators, the main switchboard, propulsion transformers, and thruster motors. ABB will also provide engineering, project management and commissioning services including remote diagnostic services, comprehensive training for the crew and an access to ABB´s worldwide marine service network that will guarantee a professional service contacts in both ports.
The new vessel’s energy efficiency will be taken one step further with ABB’s energy management system EMMA, which will support the vessels’ crew in managing energy-related processes, practices and decision-making, minimizing the vessels’ overall energy costs.
LNG as a shipping fuel can help significantly reduce the environmental impacts of maritime transport. With this fuel, NOx, SOx and particulate emissions can be reduced by 85-100% in comparison with heavy fuel oil (HFO). As an LNG-powered ship, the new ferry will comply with the new strict emission regulations for the Emission Control Areas (ECA), which include the Baltic Sea.
Image: Meyer Turku