The delivery saw two 1.9 MW Azipod units installed on each of the two 21,500 dwt transshipment bulkers, constructed at Chengxi Shipyard, as part of a package of electric, digital, and connected solutions from ABB.
The scope of supply also included a diesel-electric power plant, drive systems complete with two bow thruster motors, power management systems for propulsion and cargo handling, as well as a 50/60 Hz connectors to draw shore power when in port.
Oldendorff's new vessels will be tasked with transferring cargo from ocean-going ships in deep water for delivery to a port with restricted draft and space. "Because the electric drive motor is housed within a submerged pod outside the ship's hull, the Azipod unit is capable of 360-degree rotation, improving manoeuvrability and operational efficiency. This also frees up cargo space on board, potentially boosting vessel profitability further," Juha Koskela, Division President, ABB Marine & Ports, highlighted in this regard.