Meyer Werft rounds off Celebrity quintet

09 Oct 2012
'Celebrity Reflection' ends a €3 billion order for Meyer

'Celebrity Reflection' ends a €3 billion order for Meyer

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has delivered the 126,000gt 'Celebrity Reflection', fifth and last in the Solstice Class series of cruise ships which have cost a total €3 billion.

Tom Todd writes: The 319m long and 37.4m wide newbuilding, which carries just over 3,000 passengers, was handed over in the Dutch North Sea port of Eemshaven prior to maiden cruises in Europe. She sails across the Atlantic in November.

The five Solstice Class ships have been built in seven years and Meyer said all had been delivered on schedule and in some cases earlier than planned. Pointing up the economic impact of the overall 614,000gt order, Meyer added it had provided about 5,000 jobs locally and as many as 21,000 in equipment firms throughout Germany. Among other things, 20 main engines, ten Azipods, 13.000km of cable, 1.600 tons of paint and five complete theatres were supplied, the yard said.

The engine configuration on Celebrity Reflection differs from those of all of her predecessors. Meyer’s Guenther Kolbe told The Motorship she had been fitted with four MAN engines – two 14V and two 12V CR units of 16,800kW and 14,400kW respectively as well as Diesel-electric azimuthing pods. Total engine output was put at 62,400kW and propulsive power at 35,000kW, for a speed of 23knots.

Kolbe said it had been possible to install smaller engines on the latest ship “because of the considerable energy savings” made on her. All the ships in the series are billed as particularly eco-friendly and energy-efficient. The latest ship has photo-voltaic solar power generation and heat-saving installations as well as LED lighting.

The first three ships in the series – Solstice, Equinox and Eclipse - each carried four Wärtsilä 16V46 Diesels and two ABB Azipods while the fourth - Celebrity Silhoette - was fitted with four MAN 14V48/60CR Diesels and two ABB Azipods.

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