ABB provides propulsion for world’s first hybrid-electric biomass fuel carrier


Switzerland – IHI Power Systems of Japan has chosen ABB to provide the world’s first hybrid-electric biomass fuel carrier with a complete modularized electric propulsion package.

Asahi Tanker, Exeno Yamamizu Corporation, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Mitsubishi Corporation formed the ROBOSHIP consortium, which recently unveiled a design for a biomass fuel carrier powered by a fully standardized, electric propulsion system to achieve zero-emission operations at harbour.

Emissions-free operations

The 70-meter-long, 499-gross-ton carrier, built by Honda Heavy Industries, will be equipped with ABB’s solution, allowing it to use multiple energy sources for improved operational efficiency and emissions-free operations.

ABB’s comprehensive offering includes a standard system package that includes propulsion motors, DSC switchboards, energy storage batteries and generators, as well as the ABB Ability Marine Remote Diagnostic System for continuous monitoring and remote support.