Wärtsilä to provide engines and navigation systems for new Virgin Voyages ships


Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has received a contract to provide multiple solutions for three new 2,800-passenger cruise vessels, which are set to be built by Virgin Voyages.

The contract will see Wärtsilä provide engines, hybrid exhaust cleaning scrubber systems, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems and integrated navigation systems for installation on-board the new vessels.

The ships are to be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

Wärtsilä Marine Solutions Cruise Business director Fred Danska 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.”

The new ships will be equipped with two eight-cylinder and two twelve-cylinder Wärtsilä 46F engines, which are reported to optimise fuel usage and have greater power-to-weight and power-to-space ratios than competing systems.

Wärtsilä's Hybrid Scrubber System can operate in both open and closed loop modes using seawater to remove sulphur oxides (SOx) from the exhaust, while the Wärtsilä SCR systems will work to reduce the vessels' nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions.

Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum solution will be used to control the ships' navigation and automation systems, and enable operators to operate the vessels from various onboard positions.

The Nacos Platinum system integrates multiple control and monitoring systems, including navigation, automation, emergency shutdown and flood detection, along with power and propulsion.

Virgin Voyages Marine and Technical senior vice-president Stuart Hawkins said: “We are very pleased to be able to partner Wärtsilä for our first series of ships.

"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."

“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.”

Virgin Voyages’ cruise operations are scheduled to start in 2020 from Miami, after the delivery of the first of the three ships.

The remaining two vessels will be delivered in the following two years.


Image: Wärtsilä headquarters, John Stenbergin ranta 2, Helsinki. Photo: courtesy of Mahlum.