From huge construction vessels, to superyachts to drillships; Azipod thrusters are integral to a wide range of vessels but they also operate in demanding environments.
Icebreakers and icegoing cargo vessels operate in Arctic ice where the propulsion unit needs to provide a high thrust when it meets extreme forces such as ramming into an ice ridge. On the other hand cruise vessels and yachts operate at high tropical temperatures. In the Caspian Sea Azipod propulsion has gained operational experience in very shallow and sandy waters. Whilst support from Azipod thrusters is vital for offshore vessels carrying out critical DP operations. It also helps fast ferries achieve operational speeds of more than 30 knots.
All this varied experience has allowed the expert engineers of ABB to constantly adapt the Azipod system into the market leading solution it is today.