ABB Azipod propulsion wins Finnish Engineering Award

Finland’s organization for academic engineers and architect, TEK, announces that the 2021 award, consisting of an honorary diploma and a monetary prize of 30,000 euros has been granted to the ABB Azipod® propulsion system.

The Finnish Engineering Award that’s been in place since 1980, is for ABB’s development of the Azipod® propulsion, which meet the varied and ever-changing needs of shipping companies, improving the performance of all kinds of vessels.

Today, over 25 different vessel types rely on Azipod® technology – from cruise ships to cargo carriers, icebreakers, ferries and superyachts. In total, ABB has sold more than 700 Azipod® units over the course of 30 years.

With the electric drive motor housed within a pod outside the ship hull, the Azipod® system can rotate 360 degrees, increasing maneuverability and allowing even the largest vessels to dock in harbors where turning circles are restricted. Crucially, Azipod® propulsion also improves operating efficiency, boosting a ship’s hydrodynamic performance and cutting fuel consumption by up to 20 percent when compared with a traditional shaftline setup.

“We are honoured and grateful for this award that recognizes our long-standing development of Azipod® propulsion technology, which over the years has gained a key position in the shipping industry,” said Antti Ruohonen, Head of Marine Propulsion, ABB Marine & Ports.

ABB Marine & Ports will donate the full amount of the monetary prize to the John Nurminen Foundation that supports Baltic Sea protection and marine culture. Founded in 1992, the mission of the John Nurminen Foundation is to save the Baltic Sea and its heritage for future generations.

The Foundation is widely recognized for its outstanding contribution to the marine environment. The goal of the Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea projects is to improve the condition of the Baltic Sea with concrete measures that reduce the load and environmental risks faced in a sensitive sea area.