GE’s Marine Solutions has secured a contract from MSC Cruises to provide the marine electric propulsion technology for two new Seaside EVO ships.

Seaside EVO Ships will join the existing MSC Cruises fleet and 14 will use GE’s electrical propulsion.

Built by the Fincantieri shipyard, the two cruise ships have a 169,400 gross tonnage and a total guest capacity of 5,632. They will adopt new design features and maritime technologies.

Earlier, the Fincantieri shipyard delivered the MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview ships in the Seaside Class.

Under the terms of the contract, GE and its partners Imesa and Nidec will provide the electric propulsion system.

The solution will be managed by GE through the consortium, including Imesa, Nidec, and ASI.

MSC Cruise Management UK president and managing director Emilio La Scala said: “Sailing full steam ahead, the Seaside Class showcases our commitment to pushing the boundary of the future of cruising by unlocking the maximised potential that a cruise ship can achieve.”

“The Seaside Class showcases our commitment to pushing the boundary of the future of cruising.”

GE’s system comprises propulsion controls along with transformers, variable frequency drive (VFD) technology, propulsion motors and distribution transformers.

GE Marine Solutions leader Ed Torres said: “Our electrical propulsion systems have been installed on the existing fleet of 14 vessels, bringing reliable operations and smooth voyage experiences to millions of passengers worldwide.

“We are excited to partner with MSC Cruises once again and provide GE’s marine electric propulsion technology with increased power rating to propel the next generation of mega cruise ships.”

The MSC Cruises fleet currently consists of 15 ultra-modern ships.