New Viking Ocean Vessels will Use Fuel-Saving Systems

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Monday June 17, 2013

Two new Viking Ocean cruise ships being built by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. will feature diesel-electric propulsion systems and exhaust-gas-treatment systems to reduce fuel use and prevent emissions, according to MAN Diesel & Turbo (MAN Diesel).

The MAN Diesel propulsion systems will use common-rail injection technology capable of burning heavy fuel oil and distillate fuels and will be optimised for reduced fuel consumption, particularly at part-load, compared with other systems.

"We feel extremely honoured to have won Fincantieri, the world's largest cruise shipbuilder, as a new customer for our engines in this high-added-value market segment," said Sokrates Tolgos, head of Cruise & Ferry Sales for MAN Diesel.

"Fincantieri's and Viking Ocean Cruises' confidence in realising such a technologically leading and innovative cruise project with MAN Diesel & Turbo and Alfa Laval, our consortium partner, signals a new era of cooperation.

"We consider it an historical step for our future growth in the cruise and ferry business."

Along with the MAN Diesel engines, two MAN 9L32/44CR units and two MAN 12V32/44CR engines for each ship, the vessels will feature Alfa Laval's PureSOx sytem, which removes more than 98 percent of sulfur oxides (SOx) from exhaust gas.

Viking Ocean Cruises is a new venture from Viking Cruises Ltd. (Viking) that plans to use fuel-efficient ships travelling at relatively high speeds to reach more destinations and spend longer periods in port than is currently standard in the cruise industry.