MaK Engines for AIDA Cruises
Caterpillar Marine Power Systems has announced the AIDA Cruises has chosen to equip the first two of their next generation of club cruise ships with MaK M43C engines. The contract represents a significant milestone for Caterpillar Marine as it seeks to become a competitive supplier to the cruise industry.
The two AIDA newbuilds are on order at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and are scheduled for delivery in 2007 and 2009. Each of the two ships will have four MaK 9M43C engines, with a total power of 36 MW. The propulsion system also consists of two single propeller electric drive motors, two bow thrusters and two stern thrusters.
The two 68 500 ton cruise ships will have an overall length of 249 m and a beam of 32.2 m. The ships represent the third generation of ships built and operated under AIDA’s club concept. Each vessel will have a passenger capacity of up to 2500.
Frank Kircher, sales director cruise and ferry for Caterpillar Marine said, “The fact that both Meyer Werft and AIDA Cruises, two highly experienced players in the cruise segment, decided to go for our M43C engine recognizes the significant value of our engine solution.”