CARNIVAL'S NEW MS ELATION WORLD'S FIRST CRUISE SHIP TO FEATURE NEW AZIPOD PROPULSION SYSTEM
MIAMI -- Carnival Cruise Lines' new MS Elation is the first passenger vessel ever to feature the revolutionary new Azipod propulsion system, which provides advances in operations, maneuverability and fuel efficiency far exceeding that of any other system currently in operation.
The units were created by Kvaerner Masa-Azipod of Helsinki, Finland, a subsidiary of Helsinki, Finland-based Kvaerner Masa-Yards, the shipyard responsible for the construction of the Elation, as well as the other six vessels in Carnival's popular "Fantasy-class" series. The eighth and final ship in the series, the MS Paradise, the world's first smoke-free cruise ship scheduled to enter service in November, will also feature the Azipod system.
The Azipod cruise ship system is based on similar designs introduced in the last eight years on ice breaking tankers. Operational results were so significant that not only was a cruise ship version of the Azipods developed but experts predict this system will become the propulsion drive of choice on future cruise ship projects worldwide.
"The design of the Azipod system is based on simplicity and reliability," said Jim Rae, Helsinki shipyard supervisor for Carnival Technical Services. "What this means to a cruise line is propulsion units that are the most operationally superior of any available in the world. The dividends this system will provide in maneuverability, space and fuel efficiencies are immeasurable," he added.
The Azipod design is unique in that it pulls a ship through the water rather than push it like conventional propulsion systems. Azipods eliminate the need for rudders, long shaft lines, conventional drive units and stern thrusters thus taking up less overall space on board the vessel. They also make a cruise ship easier to steer and maneuver while fuel savings are achieved through improved hydrodynamic efficiencies. Overall noise and vibration reduction are also highlights of the Azipod system.
Carnival's Elation will feature two 14-megawatt Azipod units which are the equivalent of 38,080 horsepower.