German shipyard Mv Werften has contracted MAN Diesel & Turbo to provide engines for two Global Class cruise ships, to be operated by Genting Hong Kong’s Star Cruises brand.
Featuring a 200,000t capacity each, the ships will be powered by six type 48/60CR engines, which have a combined output of 96,000KW.
The ships, which are planned to be delivered by 2020 and 2021, will be operating in China and all over Asia.
Genting Hong Kong chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay said: “The cruise business is globally experiencing strong growth.
“This has led to very long lead times of up to ten years for new large cruise ships, since only few shipyards are specialised in the very challenging construction process of cruise ships.
“We want to change this by having earlier delivery and incorporate the latest design as the ships are being built.”
Recently, the company has launched its new luxury cruise line brand, Dream Cruises, which comprises two ships equipped with MAN engines.
MAN Diesel & Turbo CEO Dr Uwe Lauber said: “Experienced companies have come together to establish a fourth player in the tight global cruise liner shipyard market.
“And it has been done right here on the German Baltic sea coast, a region with a long shipbuilding tradition.
“We are contributing to this with modern propulsion concepts, based on state-of-the-art ‘Made in Germany’ engine technology.”
So far, the company has powered more than 80 cruise ships with engines or complete drive systems.
Earlier this month, MAN Diesel & Turbo secured a deal from Fincantieri to provide engines for new ships ordered by Australia’s Costa Asia and P&O Cruises.
Image: MAN 48/60CR engine. Photo: courtesy of MAN Diesel & Turbo.