Caterpillar Power New NCL Cruise Ships
Caterpillar Marine Power Systems (CMPS) announced at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping show a contract to supply the main engines on new cruise ships for US-based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL Corp. Ltd.). NCL will introduce a new generation of Freestyle Cruising vessels. CMPS will supply 3x MaK 12 M 43 C and 3x MaK 16 M 43 C marine engines per vessel, which will form a power plant providing a total of 79.8 MW for ship propulsion and on-board electricity supply. Aker Yards S. A. in Saint Nazaire, France has a firm order from NCL to build two vessels under the project name “F3” for delivery in 2009 and 2010 with an option for a third vessel due for delivery in 2011.
Environmental protection is among NCL’s highest priorities for the new ships and CMPS is helping by introducing its latest technology for the propulsion plant. A customer-specific engine rating will address all areas of concern: NOx emissions, CO2 emissions and smokeless operation. The engines will not only meet DNV Clean Design requirements reducing NOx emissions to 10.4 g/kWh, but lower cylinder rating decreasing the specific fuel oil consumption and also CO2 emissions. In addition, elements of Caterpillar’s ACERT Technology and the Flexible Camshaft Technology (FCT) are designed to reduce smoke at all operating conditions to below visibility. Utilizing this package of innovations, the MaK engines for NCL will meet both the extended expectations of customers and the strict legislative rules which must be adhered to, for example the Alaska Marine Vessel Visible Emission Standards.
The capacity of these ships will be some 6400 people. They will have 2100 passenger cabins with 4200 lower passenger berths and 2200 crew. The post-Panamax vessels will be approximately 325 metres long, 40 metres wide, and have a gross tonnage of about 150 000. They will be designed for world-wide cruising, including the Caribbean and Europe.
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