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MaK Engines to Propel New “Signature Class” Vessel

Posted on March 30, 2006

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems has concluded a deal with Carnival Corporation to power the first “Signature Class” vessel built for Carnival brand Holland America Line (HAL) at the Marghera shipyard of Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani. Four MaK 12 M 43 C engines plus two MaK 8 M 43 C are to provide a total of 64 000 kW for propulsion and on-board electrical power. In addition to this firm order the contract includes an option involving another 12 MaK marine engines to power two more vessels. This is a major success and an important milestone for Caterpillar Marine’s long-term cruise sector strategy, according to the company, and follows last year’s contract with AIDA Cruises.

The six MaK M 43 C diesel engines will drive AC generators to provide the energy needed for the comprehensive on-board facilities, all the auxiliary systems and the Azipod propulsion technology which actually propels the vessel. Every MaK M 43 C engine will be fitted with Flexible Camshaft Technology (FCT) to guarantee invisible smoke and nitrogen oxide emissions below current IMO (International Maritime Organization) regulations.

When the 86 000 ton Signature Class ship enters service in summer 2008 it will offer accommodation for up to 2611 passengers, making HAL’s 14th ship the largest ever constructed for the company. Estimated all-in cost of this Panamax vessel will be US$450 million, however, the newbuilding program agreed between Carnival and Fincantieri, comprising four ships in total, is worth more than US$1 billion. The Signature Class vessel is, in fact, an evolution from the “Vista Class” vessels Zuiderdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam and Noordam introduced to the market between 2002 and 2006.

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