Azipod XL is a high efficiency propulsion unit suitable for high power ships. Compared to Azipod XO the efficiency is improved by installing to the pulling Azipod propulsion unit a special nozzle module including stator blades to straighten the water flow from the propeller to reduce the turbulence and energy loss and to give the optimum thrust for the vessel. This gives about 5 - 10 % efficiency improvement compared to the existing Azipod XO design. Compared to the conventional shaft line concepts, up to 20 % improvements can be achieved. The efficiency is improved over the whole ship speed range and not only at one design point.
Azipod XL design is now available for one frame size, Azipod XL2100, for unit power up to 17,5 MW.
Suitable ship types for Azipod XL are for example LNG tankers, ferries, cruise vessels, offshore construction vessels and tugs.