Wärtsilä has secured a contract to deliver a range of solutions including propulsion, electrical and automation equipment for two new cruise ships Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation being built for US-based Seabourn Cruise Line by Italy’s Fincanteri.
Currently, Seabourn Encore is under construction and the Seabourn Ovation is scheduled to join the fleet in 2018.
As part of the deal, each vessel will be equipped with four Wärtsilä 32 engines and two 6MW, low noise, diesel-electric propulsion units featuring a combination of frequency converter design and redundant layouts.
The ships’ navigation and automation systems to be provided by the company will include Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum and Wärtsilä Valmatic Platinum systems.
The company will also provide consoles for the bridge and engine control room, including a video wall; a tank level and flood detection system and the valve remote control for the new vessels.
Wärtsilä also expects to provide four thruster drives for the bow and stern, four diesel alternators, four AC motors for the thrusters, two dedicated 6.6kV switchboards for high voltage distribution, and four transformers for low voltage mains supply.
Wärtsilä marine solutions automation, navigation and control director Maik Stoevhase said: "Modern cruise vessels are highly complex with unique operational requirements and Wärtsilä has developed its technologies accordingly to meet these demanding requirements.
"We are, therefore, extremely pleased to have been once again chosen to provide our state-of-the-art systems for an important cruise vessel operator."
The company’s Nacos Platinum solution is said to help integrate all navigation and automation system controls into a single system, which allows the vessel to be navigated, controlled, and monitored from different onboard positions.
In January, Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum system has been selected to retrofit ‘The World’, which is claimed to be the largest, private, residential ship on the seas.
Image: Wärtsilä to provide propulsion, electrical and automation solutions to Seabourn’s cruise. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä