ZURICH, Switzerland – ABB has announced plans to establish a Azipod C factory, marine service center and specialized Azipod service center in Brazil.
Several locations including Pernambuco, Santos, and Rio de Janeiro, have been evaluated but the final decision has not been made. The planned factory will have the annual capacity of more than 30 Azipod units. The actual construction schedule will enable timely thruster delivery to Petrobras drilling units from Brazil.
A service center is also planned to be opened by 2014 in Brazil. It will have Azipod service personnel, a workshop and tooling to assist in overhauls and refurbishment.