ABB_Benetti_ZozaABB, a Swiss power and automation technology specialist, will deliver electrical propulsion and power system to project Zoza, a new 100m+ superyacht to be built by Benetti. The yacht is scheduled to be delivered in 2018.

The owner of the new build selected ABB’s Azipod propulsion at an early stage of the design process after prioritizing energy efficiency and passenger comfort.

Two Azipod C units will be fitted onboard project Zoza. These will bring maximum manoeuvrability whilst producing minimal noise and vibration, the manufacturer claims.

The Azipod propulsion is a gearless steerable propulsion system where the electric drive motor is in a submerged pod underneath the stern of the ship.

“We are very proud that the owner and the yard chose ABB to deliver the electric power and propulsion systems for this yacht. We believe that Azipod C will fit perfectly for the concept of one the world’s innovative and energy efficient superyachts”, says Juha Koskela, managing director for ABB’s marine and ports business.

The end result of the project is a high technology solution with six main engines and an electrical power plant, with the option to connect with a battery plant. Project Zoza will be one of the first yachts in the world with this solution.

Andrew North, the owner’s advisor, comments: “ABB was chosen because of its vast experience in the passenger vessel field and global service network. We have worked with ABB in earlier projects and have become convinced of the many benefits of Azipod propulsion and life-long support for our yacht.”

Commenting on the project, Vincenzo Poerio, CEO of Benetti says: “We are very pleased to continue our decade long business relationship with ABB. Through the years they have provided excellent support and we are convinced this productive partnership will continue with this superyacht as well.”