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Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas is the first vessel to utilize Azipod® XO2300 propulsion.

Azipod® has inspired naval architects to develop new ship designs and concepts that transform unique Azipod  propulsion advantages into safer, more environmental and profitable ships. Externally, Azipod propulsion simplifies the hull and improves hydrodynamics. Internally, it creates the freedom to optimize the ship interior and maximize payload.

Low fuel consumption, low emissions and the opportunity to use almost any current or future energy source - dieselelectric, gas-electric or fuel cell technology, for example - make Azipod propulsion ideal for developing and realizing green ship concepts.

Azipod® XO frees up valuable onboard space by locating the propulsion motors in submerged pods and eliminating long shaftlines, thruster systems and other onboard equipment. In addition, the modular electric power plant can be ideally located to allow for maximum cargo space. As a result, the Azipod® concept can increase payload by up to 10%.

Quantum of the Seas is the first vessel to utilize the bigger size XO units, Azipod XO2300. To improve fuel efficiency with Quantum of the Seas, the Azipod propulsion units now utilize for the first time stainless steel propellers in cruise vessel applications. This is because with stainless steel the propeller blades can be made thinner. Also the ABB developed “X-tail” and asymmetric fin for the pod are used for improving the water flow characteristics. One new feature is also to use variable speed drives to control the Azipod cooling fans. By controlling the air flow according to cooling needs the fan motor energy consumption can be reduced.

Main data

Vessel name: Quantum of the Seas
Vessel type:  Cruise
Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
Yard: Meyer Werft GmbH
Year of delivery: 2014
ABB solutions and scope of supply: - 2 x 20,5 MW Azipod® XO2300 Propulsion units
- Integrated power plant and propulsion system delivery
including generators, main switchboards, transformers, propulsion drives and controls as well as thruster motors
- ABB Remote Control System, IMI intelligent manouvering
Main benefits: Azipod® propulsion advantages into safer, more environmental and profitable ships. Externally, Azipod propulsion simplifies the hull and improves hydrodynamics. Internally, it creates the freedom to optimize the ship interior and maximize payload.

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