Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection vessels to be powered by electric propulsion

Cruise operator Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will use ABB’s electric propulsion systems and remote support for its two forthcoming mega-yachts. The ships are the second and third in a series that began with Ritz-Carlton Evrima, which starts operations later this year.

Both vessels will be built by the French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique, with the first due for delivery in 2024 and the second in 2025.

“We chose to work with ABB on this project based on their proven track record in supplying leading-edge technologies for high-end vessels and the unrivalled ability to support shipyards with complex assignments,” says Arnaud Le Joncour, program director for Chantiers de l’Atlantique. “ABB is a long-term, trusted partner of ours, and we are delighted to expand our collaboration to a new vessel segment, leveraging the Azipod propulsion units. This is an important project for all parties, and we look forward to the outcome.”

As part of the scope, ABB will also supply the remote-control system for manoeuvring the Azipod units from the bridge. Smooth running, remote monitoring and predictive maintenance will be supported through the inclusion of the ABB Ability Remote Diagnostics System in the vessels.

“Ritz-Carlton Evrima will embark on its maiden voyage in August this year,” says Douglas Prothero, Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s CEO. “We trusted in ABB to supply the propulsion technology for our vessels featuring the highest level of service and craftsmanship. Our successful collaboration with the company has convinced us to call on its expertise again to equip our forthcoming sister ships, which will offer the same high standards as Evrima.”

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