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Azipod® electric propulsion

The driving force behind safe, efficient and sustainable operations

Azipod® propulsion is a gearless steerable propulsion system where the electric drive motor is in a submerged pod outside the ship hull. Azipod® units can rotate 360 degrees to increase maneuverability and operating efficiency, with the proven ability to cut fuel consumption by up to 20 percent compared to traditional shaftline propulsion systems. Launched in 1990, Azipod® technology marked a new era in ship propulsion. Since then, ABB’s Azipod propulsion system has inspired naval architects to create more efficient and sustainable vessel designs.

Azipod® propulsion and beyond


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  • Azipod® propulsion has been selected for more than 25 ship types and has more than 16 million operating hours. 
  • ABB has delivered electric propulsion systems to over 80 ice-breaker or ice-going vessels with a propulsion power of up to 45 MW. 
  • Azipod® propulsion system has been ordered for more than 100 cruise vessels.
  • Azipod® systems have accumulated saving over 700,000 tons of fuel and is helping to reduce the maritime carbon dioxide footprint. 

Azipod® propulsors for highest ice classes

Azipod® propulsors for open water

Azipod® propulsors for high thrust and DP vessels




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