Hapag Lloyd, MS Europa

ABB modernization adds 20 years to MS Europa cruise ship lifecycle.

Luxury cruise ship MS Europa, owned and operated by the German company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, benefits from a major technical upgrade by ABB.

MS Europa, awarded a “5-stars-plus” distinction by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2019, has undergone a significant modernization of its equipment, with ABB replacing the propulsion drives with the ABB Cycloconverter, as well as carried out an update of the propulsion system.

The project, carried out at the Hamburg shipyard Blohm+Voss in September/October 2017, was jointly managed by ABB Marine & Ports and Columbia Cruise Services GmbH & Co.

With this modernization, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises wanted to resolve the issue of equipment obsolescence, as well as ensure the extended propulsion drive and propulsion control system lifecycle. Leveraging ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations, the vessel is now connected to ABB’s Collaborative Operations Center infrastructure, which monitors the performance of ABB technology on board and remotely connects operators with ABB experts.

MS Europa was originally delivered to the customer back in 1999 from Helsinki-based Kvaerner Masa-Yards. The initial scope of ABB’s solutions included two main switchboards, four main generators, two propulsion drives and a propulsion control system.

Main data

Ship owner & operator Hapag Lloyd                                         
Vessel name MS Europa
Delivery year 1999
ABB scope of supply Main switchboards, Main generators, Propulsion drives and propulsion control system
Main benefits Extended lifecycle, avoiding obsolescence issues with spare parts, RDS application and the ABB technical support availability

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