ABB Provides Electric Propulsion System For The First Polar Scientific Icebreaker Built By China

- Nov 10, 2018-

ABB, the world's leading power and automation technology group, has reached an agreement with the China Polar Research Center to provide two Azipod® ice-breaking pod propulsion systems for the first polar scientific research icebreaker built in China, providing a powerful power for the new icebreaker. Improve its energy-saving and handling, and support China's scientific research in the polar regions.

The newly built multi-purpose scientific research icebreaker has a designed displacement of 13,000 tons and has the international leading two-way ice-breaking capacity. It can sail in the sea ice of the next year in which the two polar waters are mixed with Chen Bing. The horizontal ice thickness is not less than 1.5 meters plus 0.2 meters of snow, and the continuous ice breaking speed is 2 to 3 knots (1 section is equivalent to 1.852 km / h). It is equipped with state-of-the-art inspection equipment and global positioning system, with 20,000 nautical miles of endurance, and can travel around the earth. In the case of 90 full passengers, it can be used for 60 days without replenishment. It is a "green" polar scientific icebreaker that meets the requirements of navigation and scientific investigations in the infinite navigation area and the north and south polar regions. After the completion, this new ship will complement the advantages of the "Snow Dragon" and work together to promote the development of China's polar scientific research.


ABBod® from ABB is a gearless rotary electric propulsion system that helps new icebreakers improve operational flexibility, energy efficiency and operational efficiency. With the Azipod® electric propulsion system, the icebreaker can achieve 360 degrees of in-situ reversal, allowing the crew to choose to operate the stern or bow for icebreaking, greatly improving the operability of the vessel. At the same time, the system also helps the icebreaker to significantly improve energy efficiency, saving up to 20% of fuel. In addition, ABB has provided an efficient and environmentally friendly A100-M turbocharger for the two main engines of the new scientific research vessel, helping the engine achieve excellent load response speed, which is an extremely harsh environment. Critical engine performance indicators.

Yuan Shaohong, secretary of the Party Committee and deputy director of the China Polar Research Center and chief of the icebreaker construction engineering department, said at the signing ceremony: "This polar scientific investigation icebreaker is the first scientific research icebreaker built by China. It is equipped with two icebreakers provided by ABB. The type of pod helps to further improve the operability, handling performance and ice breaking capacity of the ship, and meets the high technical requirements for navigation in the infinite navigation area and the north and south polar regions."

Odner, head of ABB's ship and port business in China, said: "I am very honored to provide the electric propulsion system for the first scientific icebreaker built in China. This is the full trust and affirmation of ABB's ship propulsion technology and services. Polar climatic conditions Extremely, all systems and equipment on the vessel must be in good condition at all times, and the Azipod® VI ice-breaking pod ensures the high reliability and handling required for the vessel's operations. ABB will continue to be committed to long-term goodness through the Chinese market. The partnership supports the rapid development of China's ship and ocean engineering."

As the world's leading marine electric propulsion system, Azipod® has been widely used in including advanced passenger rolling ships – Yantai Dalian Railway Ferry, China's most advanced marine science comprehensive research ship “Science”, and super large salvage cranes. Tianlong" and other Chinese ship projects. In addition, ABB also provided the Azipod®C electric propulsion system for many marine monitoring vessels in China.

The China Polar Research Center (formerly known as "China Polar Research Institute") was established in 1989 and is a public welfare institution directly under the State Oceanic Administration. It is also the only scientific research and security business center in China specializing in polar expeditions. It mainly conducts research on polar snow ice-ocean and global changes, polar ionosphere-magnetic layer coupling and space weather, polar ecological environment and its life processes, and polar science basic platform technology. Responsible for the construction and management of China Polar Science Database, Polar Information Network, Polar Archives, Polar Library, Sample Sample Database and providing public welfare services. Responsible for the operation and management of the "Snow Dragon" polar scientific research ship, the Antarctic Great Wall Station, Zhongshan Station, Kunlun Station and Taishan Station, as well as the domestic base; responsible for the logistics support of the Chinese Arctic and Expedition Team; and the international exchange of polar conditions work together.

ABB is a global leader in power and automation technology, helping customers in the power, industrial, transportation and infrastructure sectors improve their performance while reducing their environmental impact. ABB Group has operations in nearly 100 countries and employs 135,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in R&D, manufacturing, sales and engineering services in China, with 18,000 employees, 40 local companies and sales and service networks in 147 cities across the country.

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