New Virgin Voyages Cruise Vessels to Feature Wärtsilä Scrubber, Bunker Saving Tech

Monday July 3, 2017

Wärtsilä Corporation (Wärtsilä) today announced that the company is set to supply engines, hybrid exhaust cleaning scrubber systems, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, and integrated navigation systems for Virgin Voyages' three new fuel-efficient cruise vessels.

"It is an honour for Wärtsilä to have been selected to provide such a comprehensive range of solutions for this high profile travel business brand now entering the cruise sector. It represents further endorsement of the quality of our offering and the benefits of our capabilities as a single-source supplier," said Fred Danska, Director of Cruise Business at Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

The cruise vessels are each set to be powered by two eight-cylinder and two twelve-cylinder Wärtsilä 46F engines, which Wärtsilä says represents "best-in-class" fuel economy.

"We are very pleased to be able to partner Wärtsilä for our first series of ships," said Stuart Hawkins, Senior Vice President of Marine & Technical at Virgin Voyages.

"Their technical expertise, commitment to supporting our sustainability goals, and excellent reputation made them the best choice for us. Virgin Voyages is committed to creating a sea change, Wärtsilä shares our vision and will help make it a reality."

In March, Virgin Voyages announced a steel cutting ceremony for the first cruise ship in the three vessel series at Fincantieri - Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. (Fincantieri) shipyard in Genoa, Italy.