Wärtsilä power for Virgin Voyages fleet

Virgin Voyages has chosen Wärtsilä power for its new fleet of cruise ships Virgin Voyages has chosen Wärtsilä power for its new fleet of cruise ships

Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide a comprehensive scope of solutions for three new 2800 passenger cruise vessels being built for Virgin Voyages.

The order for the new ships, which are to be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, includes Wärtsilä engines, hybrid exhaust cleaning scrubber systems and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems.

"We are very pleased to be able to partner Wärtsilä for our first series of ships. Their technical expertise, commitment to supporting our sustainability goals and excellent reputation made them the best choice for us,” said Stuart Hawkins, Senior Vice President, Marine & Technical, Virgin Voyages.

The ships will each be powered by two eight-cylinder and two twelve-cylinder Wärtsilä 46F engines. Meanwhile, the Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubber System selected for the vessels has the flexibility to operate in both open and closed loop modes using seawater to remove sulphur oxides (SOx) from the exhaust.

Wärtsilä will handle the commissioning of the engines and scrubber systems in cooperation with the shipyard.

Navigation and automation controls for the vessels will be handled by the Wärtsilä's Nacos Platinum solution which integrates various control and monitoring systems, including navigation, automation, emergency shutdown, flood detection, plus power and propulsion.

Virgin Voyages is the newest of the international Virgin Group's travel businesses.

Based out of Florida, Virgin Voyages' cruise operations will commence in 2020 from Miami with the delivery of the first of these three ships. The other two vessels will be delivered in 2021 and 2022.

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