Marine technology company Wartsila has received a contract to deliver an integrated solutions package to Chantiers de l’Atlantique in France for the first two World Class cruise ships.

The solutions package will increase the efficiency and environmental sustainability of the cruise vessels being built for Geneva-based MSC Cruises.

The ships will run on clean-burning liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel and will offer optimal environmental performance.

Chantiers de l’Atlantique placed the order with Wartsila in 2018 and 2019. The two ships will be the first cruises to operate on LNG using Wartsila 46DF engines and Wartsila LNGPac systems.

According to the contract, the marine company will deliver five 14-cylinder Wartsila 46DF dual-fuel engines with nitrogen oxide reduction (NOR) units and two LNGPac fuel storage and supply systems.

The company will also deliver seven Wartsila thrusters and two fixed pitch propellers for each vessel.

The 46DF engines in gas mode meet the requirements of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Tier III and marine diesel oil (MDO) mode combined with the NOR units regulations.

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Chantiers de l’Atlantique technical director Yves Pelpel said: “We are very familiar with Wartsila’s products and they have always provided us with excellent support in newbuild projects.

“These two new cruise ships will represent the latest thinking in minimising the environmental impact and reducing fuel consumption, which is in line with our Ecorizon plan, and Wartsila is playing a major role in this.”

For the first ship, the equipment will be delivered in the middle of this year and the second ship will receive the equipment mid-2022.

In November 2019, MSC Cruises held a steel-cutting ceremony for its first new-generation World-Class ship, MSC Europa, at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

MSC Europa is expected to be delivered in 2022 and the second ship in 2024.