New technical details have been released on the three Virgin Voyages cruise ships.
If you’re are into the technical aspects of cruise ships and one of the most exciting new cruise lines in the industry then this is for you. The technology company Wärtsilä has been contracted for the upcoming Virgin Voyages ships where clean power and navigational control will be provided.
Fred Danska, Director, Cruise Business, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said:
“It is an honour for Wärtsilä to have been selected to provide such a comprehensive range of solutions for this high profile travel business brand now entering the cruise sector. It represents further endorsement of the quality of our offering and the benefits of our capabilities as a single-source supplier.”
Wärtsilä will provide engine technologies to three of the Virgin ships which will include hybrid exhaust cleaning scrubber systems, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, and integrated navigation systems.
The engines provided for the advanced Virgin cruise ships will be energy friendly. Each vessel will be powered by two eight-cylinder and two twelve-cylinder Wärtsilä 46F engines.
Stuart Hawkins, Senior Vice President, Marine & Technical, Virgin Voyages, said:
“We are very pleased to be able to partner Wärtsilä for our first series of ships. Their technical expertise, commitment to supporting our sustainability goals, and excellent reputation made them the best choice for us. Virgin Voyages is committed to creating a sea change, Wärtsilä shares our vision and will help make it a reality”
The Virgin cruise ships design and renderings have not yet been revealed but they are among the most anticipated ship orders in the industry. The cruise line will begin operations from Port Miami in 2020 which is where they are based.
The ships are being constructed by Fincantieri in Italy with the first at the Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard. Each ship will be 110,000 gross tons, carry 2,800 guests, 278 meters long, 38 meters wide and enter service in 2020, 2021 and the final ship on order in 2022.