A new Queen joins Cunard

‘Queen Elizabeth’ running her sea trials ‘Queen Elizabeth’ running her sea trials

The new Cunarder, ‘Queen Elizabeth’, is the third newbuilding to enter service with this Carnival Group subsidiary in the last six years and joins the transatlantic ocean liner ‘Queen Mary 2’ and the cruise ship ‘Queen Victoria’.

Built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard at a cost of about $560 million, the 90,901gt newbuilding is 294m long, 32.30m wide at the waterline, has an 8m draught and a total lower bed capacity for 2,092 passengers in 1,046 rooms, 71% of which have balconies.

As with the Queen Victoria, built at Fincantieri’s Marghera yard and delivered in 2007, the design of the Queen Elizabeth is a development of Carnival’s Vista class but is 11m longer and some 5,000gt larger with an increased passenger capacity.

The diesel electric propulsion plant was supplied by Caterpillar Marine Power Systems and consists of four 12MW MaK 12VM43C and two 8MW MaK 8M43C medium speed diesel gensets delivering a total output of 64MW at 514 rpm. In addition there is a 1,293kW Mitsubishi S12RMPTA emergency diesel genset. This power plant drives the two 17.6MW ABB Azipods for a service speed of 21.7 knots at 26.3MW. Manoeuvrability is enhanced by three 2.2MW ABB powered bow thrusters.

Schneider supplied the 690v switchboard, emergency switchboard, LV power distribution substations and shore connection switchboard. The main diesel fuel oil booster is from Alfa Laval as well as the lubricating and fuel oil separation and filter systems and plate heat exchangers. GEA Westfalia provided the refrigeration machinery, sludge separator and bilge/oily water separator system while the sewage treatment and grey water plant was manufactured by Hamworthy Marine.

SAM electronics supplied its Nacos integrated bridge and command system which functionally integrates the operation of radar and autopilot.

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