ABB to accelerate decarbonization of NCLH cruise ship fleet

Swiss technology company ABB and the US-based cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) have signed a long-term partnership agreement to accelerate the decarbonization and digitalization of the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) fleet.


Targeting increased safety and efficiency, the agreement covers fourteen existing ships and a further four vessels due for delivery from 2025 to 2028.

The first phase of the partnership includes a ten-year Azipod propulsion service agreement for the fleet, providing preventive maintenance to support safety and maximize vessel availability as well as fast turnaround for planned Azipod propulsion maintenance.

In addition, ABB will supply modernization of the propulsion control system for eleven vessels, and shore connection installations on board four ships. With these planned installations the entire NCL fleet can connect to shoreside power supply for emissions-free operations while in port.

“We are pleased to solidify our long-term collaboration with ABB in a strategic partnership that aligns with our climate action strategy, centered as it is on the pillars of efficiency, innovation and collaboration,” Patrik Dahlgren, Executive Vice President, Vessel Operations, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, commented.

“With ABB’s support, we will accelerate the decarbonization and digitalization of our fleet, taking our operations another step forward towards a sustainable future.”

“Through this collaboration, we will help NCLH to achieve safer and more efficient vessel operations while, more broadly, contributing to maritime decarbonization,” Juha Koskela, Division President, ABB Marine & Ports, said.

Based in the United States, NCLH operates vessels under three wholly owned subsidiaries: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, all of which incorporate and utilize ABB technologies.