Marine propulsion system provider GE Marine has been contracted to power MSC Cruise’s new Seaside ships.
The vessels are currently under construction at Fincantieri Shipyard and expected to be delivered in 2017 and 2018.
As part of an Italian consortium, GE will deliver on-board technology that includes propulsion control along with transformers, VFDs core components, slow-speed propulsion motors and distribution transformers.
GE Power Conversion marine leader Paul English said: "We are extremely pleased that Fincantieri and MSC Crociere have once again chosen GE for the propulsion of their ships, and we feel confident that with GE Power Conversion heading up the project we will see a successful outcome.
"As the popularity of cruise holidays continues to grow, we anticipate the demand for cruise ships to virtually double within a decade. We are excited to be part of this fast-growing industry."
GE’s solution will ensure a less complicated installation and cabling process and also reduce the weight onboard ships, resulting in fuel savings and lower operational costs.
In May 2014, Fincantieri received a €2.1bn contract from MSC Cruises to build two, new cruise ships.
Equipped with 2,070 guest cabins, the 323m-long and 41m-wide ships will have a gross tonnage of 154,000t and can accommodate up to 5,300 passengers and 1,413 crew members.
With these additions, MSC Cruises’ current fleet will expand to 14 vessels.
Recently, Norwegian shipping company Bastø Fosen selected GE Marine to provide the diesel engines for its new and re-powered vessels.
Image: GE Marine propels all 12 of MSC’s vessels. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.