MAN Diesel & Turbo has secured a contract from German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to deliver ten V48/60 type engines with diesel-electric propulsion systems to be installed on a pair of new cruise vessels.
The new Breakaway Plus class vessels will be built at the shipbuilder’s Papenburg shipyard in North Germany for the US-based ship-owner and operator Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) under a contract secured in October 2012.
NCL ordered the pair of Breakaway Plus class vessels for €1.4bn.
Under the recent deal, the new vessels will each be equipped with five MAN V48/60CR-type engines capable of delivering 76,800kW.
According to MAN, the five engines will operate its common-rail injection system, which helps reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
The new 163,000t cruise ships will be capable of carrying 4,200 passengers and are scheduled to be delivered in October 2015 and spring 2017.
Upon completion, the new vessels are set to become the largest ships in NCL’s fleet, larger than the 146,000t Breakaway-class ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, which have a capacity to carry 4,000 passengers.
The Norwegian Breakaway, equipped with four MAN V48/60 engines delivering a total of 62,400kW, entered service at the end of April 2013, while its sister ship Norwegian Getaway is scheduled to be delivered in January 2014.
Image: Five MAN V48/60CR-type engines will be equipped on each of NCL’s two new 163,000t cruise ships to be built at Meyer Werft’s Papenburg shipyard. Photo: NCL Corporation Ltd.