Lars Skytte Jørgensen, Marine Division Vice President, Technology Development Energy Systems, Alfa Laval

  • The largest organization of university engineers and architects in Finland, TEK, presents the annual Finnish engineering award for honorable innovation and practical application that puts theory into practice
  • In 2021, the winner of the Finnish Engineering Award is ABB’s Azipod® propulsion system which has successfully served the shipping industry for 30 years.
  • The cash prize of 30,000 euros will be donated to the protection of the Baltic Sea

TEK is the largest organization of university engineers and architects in Finland, with a professional community of over 75,000 members. The Finnish Engineering Award has been awarded by TEK in its present form since 1980. Comprised of an honorary degree and a monetary prize of 30,000 euros, the 2021 prize was awarded to the ABB Azipod® propulsion system.

For more than three decades, ABB has developed Azipod® propulsion to meet the varied and evolving needs of shipping companies, thereby improving the performance of all types of vessels. Today, more than 25 different types of ships rely on Azipod® technology – from cruise ships and freight carriers, to icebreakers, ferries and superyachts. In total, ABB has sold over 700 Azipod® units over the past 30 years.

With the electric drive motor housed in a nacelle on the outside of the ship’s hull, the Azipod® system can rotate 360 ​​degrees, increasing maneuverability and allowing even larger ships to dock in ports where rays turning points are restricted. Crucially, Azipod® propulsion also improves operating efficiency, increasing the hydrodynamic performance of a vessel and reducing fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to a traditional shaft line configuration.

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

“Azipod® propulsion is one of the greatest innovations in the global maritime industry. Not only does electric propulsion reduce fuel consumption, it also gives shipowners the flexibility to incorporate new, environmentally friendly energy sources as they progressively become more available ”, said Jukka Varis, Manager of Marine Propulsion technology, ABB Marine & Ports.

ABB Marine & Ports will donate the full amount of the monetary prize to the John Nurminen Foundation which supports the protection of the Baltic Sea 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 exceptional contribution to the marine environment. The aim of the Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea projects is to improve the condition of the Baltic Sea with concrete measures that reduce the environmental burden and risks encountered in a sensitive maritime area.

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