With its unrivaled performance in the harshest of ice conditions, Azipod®
propulsion enables SCF’s vessels serving some of Russia’s most significant export developments in a generation – including Yamal LNG – to cut through ice of up to 2.1 m thick. In similar conditions and without ABB’s leading technology, comparable ships would require icebreaker assistance.
Today, SCF operates the world’s largest fleet of ice class vessels, with ships crossing the Barents, Pechora, Kara and Okhotsk Seas. Among them are 16 ships equipped with 33 Azipod®
thrusters, making SCF the largest single customer for the icebreaking Azipod® units in the world. These ships are in good company: worldwide, Azipod®
propulsion powers over 80 ice-going vessels.
From its introduction in 1990, Azipod®
has been the driving force behind industry-wide growth in electric propulsion. Azipod®
propulsion is a gearless system where the electric propulsion motor is located in a pod out-side the ship hull. This not only liberates naval architects to develop hydrodynamically-optimized hull forms, but frees revenue-earning space on board. However, SCF singles out Azipod®
propulsion’s maneuvering and ice-breaking attributes for special mention.