Fincantieri selects TMC compressed air system for Virgin Voyages cruise


Norway-based TMC Compressors (TMC) has been contracted by Italian shipbuilding Fincantieri to provide its environmentally friendly compressed air system for a Virgin Voyages ship.

The air compressor will be installed on the first of three cruises currently being built by Fincantieri for Virgin Voyages, which forms part of Virgin Group’s new cruise ship business.

TMC will provide one 40KW Smart Air compressor and two 44KW compressors, as well as air driers and filters for the ship's on-board service and control air system.

Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Genoa, Italy will take delivery of the system, which has been designed to require approximately 50% less energy compared to traditional compressors.

TMC Compressors managing director Per Kjellin said: “Virgin Voyages wants a strong environmental profile for their new cruise ship.

“This is a good match for our Smart Air technology, which I believe was a key reason for why TMC was chosen for this project.

“We have also supplied our compressed air systems to numerous other Fincantieri newbuilds, so they are familiar with the reliability of our technology.”

"TMC's new 1MW energy production system is expected to offer an estimated reduction of 5,400t of CO2 a year for each vessel."

Virgin Voyages’s latest cruise liners will be designed to transform low-grade energy into clean electricity by using the diesel engine’s waste heat.  

TMC's new 1MW energy production system is expected to offer an estimated reduction of 5,400t of CO2 a year for each vessel.

The first ship of the series is expected to be delivered by 2020, with its keel laying ceremony currently planned for the fourth quarter of this year.

Each of the ships will be feature a capacity of around 110,000t, and will be equipped with more than 1,400 guest cabins that can accommodate more than 2,700 passengers and 1,100 crew members.


Image: Virgin Group founded Sir Richard Branson (R) and Virgin Cruises CEO Tom McAlpin (L).  Photo courtesy: Virgin Voyages.