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  • 2015 March 18 16:17

    ABB’s Azipod propulsion selected for world’s largest civilian hospital ship

    ABB, a global leader in power and automation technology, will deliver electrical propulsion and power systems to a new flagship hospital vessel for the Mercy Ships organization. The vessel, Atlantic Mercy (working title) will be built by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) at the Tianjin Xingang Shipyard and scheduled for delivery in 2017. The Atlantic Mercy project construction will be managed by Stena RoRo.

    To be certified as a passenger vessel, the Atlantic Mercy will be fitted with a pair of ABB’s Azipod® C propulsion units, the most advanced propulsion system in modern passenger ships. ABB’s scope of delivery includes an energy saving Azipod C electrical propulsion system, which provides a high level of maneuverability, reliability and passenger comfort due to minimal vibration, and the main electrical power plant.

    When completed, the Atlantic Mercy will be the world’s largest civilian hospital vessel. The 37,000 gt vessel will feature full hospital, accommodation and training facilities and once in service, she will expand the Mercy Ship organization’s activity on the African continent. There will be two hospital decks onboard, and six surgery rooms that can be used for both medical care and educational training. The ship will have beds for 109 acute-care patients, 45 self-care patients, and over 487 crew members and medical staff in 277 cabins. While in port, the ship’s capacity increases to 950 people.

    “We have done many challenging new buildings over the years but this is truly a fantastic project to work with. To know that the work we do on behalf of Mercy Ships can contribute to the wellbeing of so many make ourselves and selected partners such as ABB very proud to be involved,” says Staffan Stenfelt, New building manager at Stena RoRo.

    The power production system on board the Atlantic Mercy is designed to ensure power supply for the hospital functions in any possible fault situation. In addition, the ABB power and propulsion plant will be supported by a remote diagnostics system and around-the-clock telephone assistance to ensure uninterrupted operations.

    About Azipod® C
    ABB’s Azipod propulsion is a gearless steerable propulsion system where the electric drive motor is in a submerged pod underneath the stern of the ship. Azipod C is designed to reduce vessel lifecycle costs and increase ship profitability. Azipod C provides shipowners and operators with high efficiency, excellent maneuverability, silent, vibration- free operation and increased transportation capacity.

    About Mercy Ships: Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, treating more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from more than 40 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort.

    About Stena RoRo
    Stena RoRo is one of the leading innovators of the roll on/roll off cargo and passenger concepts. Our products include vessels such as RoRos and RoPaxes.​ ​The company charters out a number of vessels to first-class operators all over the world and the clients are found both within and outside of the Stena Sphere.




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