ABB has announced its successful bid to provide complete power plant and electrical propulsion systems for the first new build ship for German cruise operator TUI Cruises.

The ship, which is being built in Finland, will be supplied with medium voltage generators, main switchboards, propulsion transformers, propulsion drives, propulsion motors, thruster motors and ring main units for power distribution. The company will also provide engineering, project management and commissioning services.

The company is hoping to maximise the ship’s on-board energy efficiency while providing a reliable power supply for all equipment and systems, as well as optimise its fuel consumption.

Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of the process automation division said: “Our marine business provides the industry’s most complete offering of systems and services to help any large vessel operate at top levels of energy efficiency, while providing the solid electrical infrastructure that ensures reliable operation of all on-board systems.”

Reinikkala continued: “(Our) recent series of project wins in the cruise ship sector underscores the demand for state-of-the-art solutions and supporting services that help these ships operate at peak efficiency over their entire lifecycle.”

Deliveries for the TUI ship are scheduled to start in spring 2013, with commissioning scheduled for early 2014.