MV Werften selects MAN engines for cruise ships
MV Werften and MAN Diesel and Turbo have signed a contract to equip two cruise ships for Star Cruises.
Each equipped with six type 48/60CR engines with a combined output of 96,000 kW, the ships will have registered tonnage (RT) of 200,000 tonnes each.
“The MV Werften locations have a long-standing tradition in shipbuilding and are in close proximity to the cluster of industries supporting cruise shipbuilding in Northern Europe”, said Jarmo Laakso, managing director at MV Werften.
He added: “We have the experience and know-how for the construction of cruise ships, and are delighted to have gained an equally experienced and leading global specialist partner for maritime propulsion solutions in MAN Diesel & Turbo.”
Star Cruises is a brand of Genting Hong Kong which will operate in China and all over Asia. Recently launched its new luxury cruise line brand Dream Cruises with two 150,000 RT ships which are also both equipped with MAN engines.
This year, the company bought German shipyards in Wismar, Rostock and Stralsund and now operates them as the shipyard group MV Werften.
This strategic step was taken to secure the company’s expansion plans in the growth markets of South-East Asia and China and in the global market for luxury cruise ships.
“The cruise business is globally experiencing strong growth. This has led to very long lead times of up to 10 years for new large cruise ships, since only few shipyards are specialized in the very challenging construction process of cruise ships,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman and CEO of the Genting corporation.
He concluded: “We want to change this by having earlier delivery and incorporate the latest design as the ships are being built.”
The ships are scheduled for delivery in 2020 and 2021.
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