About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway is the largest ship to homeport all year round in New York. The ship is around 20% more fuel-efficient than those of the past per passenger transported. ABB equipped Norwegian Breakaway with a complete electric system, including two 17.5 MW Azipod XO propulsion units. This gives the ship a top speed of 22.5 knots and a cruising speed of 21.5 knots. Azipod propulsion units together with a new Azipod Dynamic Optimizing system enhance the steering and turning angles, leading to fuel savings and reduction in emissions. ABB also provided same solutions to Breakaway’s sister ship Norwergian Getaway, which set sail in January 2014. Both ships were built at Meyer Werft shipyard.
About Azipod® XO propulsion
Azipod® XO is the result of an extensive R&D project that started in 2006 to develop the next generation Azipod® propulsion. An important aspect of the development was to involve customers and users in identifying areas for product optimization and improvement. In this way innovative new ideas were generated and development could be focused on features essential to customers.
On the surface Azipod® XO is not dramatically different than the previous model, but strategic design changes have further improved hydrodynamics and fuel consumption. Inside the new pod changes are more apparent, giving improved operational performance, enhanced reliability, better maintainability and higher environmental protection. The combined results of these improvements can provide up to a 50% reduction in lifecycle costs.