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Cruise ships to implement ABB software package

Star Cruises’ new ships will be fitted with ABB systems Star Cruises’ new ships will be fitted with ABB systems

ABB has agreed a deal to supply its OCTOPUS energy management software to a series of new cruise vessels being built by MV Werften for Genting Hong Kong brands Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The software is part of a complete power, propulsion and automation package to be provided to the ships, three Crystal Cruises 'Endeavour Class' mega-yachts and two Star Cruises 'Global Class' vessels.

The five vessels will all feature a complete ABB propulsion system, electric power plant, automation and software. The three Crystal ships will be powered by two Azipod D units to navigate polar conditions, whilst the two new Star Cruises ships will each be installed with three Azipod XO thrusters.

“The cooperation with ABB will further strengthen and support our vision to build the world’s most modern and efficient cruise vessels,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, executive chairman of the Genting Group.

“Together with MV Werften and ABB we will incorporate the latest technology into our luxury cruise ships.”

Delivery of the five vessels is scheduled from 2019 onwards.{/mprestriction}

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    The state-of-the-art cybersecurity resilience for the vessel was enabled by close collaboration of ABB, the shipowner and DNV GL during the construction phase at a shipyard in Europe. Cybersecurity management processes will continue during the ship’s operations, with the system’s resilience maintained throughout the lifetime of the vessel.

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    “ABB recognises the importance of cybersecurity in the marine industry and is working closely with shipowners, yards and classification societies to enhance cyber resilience of ships,” said Juha Koskela, managing director, ABB Marine & Ports. “As vessels become more electric, digital and connected than ever before, it is of vital importance that we equip and empower seafarers with reliable solutions that are cyber secure.”

    The vessel is powered by ABB Azipod electric propulsion system. 

     

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