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Wärtsilä to supply power and navigational equipment for Virgin Voyages' fleet

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Wärtsilä to supply power and navigational equipment for Virgin Voyages' fleet The Finland based technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide a comprehensive scope of solutions for three 2,800 passenger cruise vessels being built for Virgin Voyages, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group of companies in London .

The order for Wärtsilä engines, hybrid exhaust cleaning scrubber systems, and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems was booked in 2016, while the order for the Wärtsilä integrated navigation systems was booked in March 2017.

Virgin Voyages is the latest of the international Virgin Group's travel businesses. The company plans to create a completely new experience at sea for its cruise passengers, and the ships have been designed with the latest technologies accordingly. The Wärtsilä solutions have been selected to support the requirement for clean and efficiently operating vessels.

The ships will each be powered by two eight-cylinder and two twelve-cylinder Wärtsilä 46F engines. The technologically advanced Wärtsilä 46F engine represents best-in-class fuel economy, and outstanding power-to-weight and power-to-space ratios.

The Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubber System selected for these vessels has the flexibility to operate in both open and closed loop modes using seawater to remove sulphur oxides (SOx) from the exhaust. Significant reductions in the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulates will be made possible by the Wärtsilä SCR system. Wärtsilä will also handle the commissioning of the engines and scrubber systems in cooperation with the shipyard.

Navigation and automation controls for the vessels will be efficiently handled by the Wärtsilä's Nacos Platinum solution. By integrating various control and monitoring systems, such as those for navigation, automation, emergency shutdown, flood detection, plus power and propulsion, the vessels can be operated homogenously from various onboard positions. The truly multi-functional operator stations enable unequalled flexibility and convenience.

"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," says Fred Danska, Director, Cruise Business, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

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

Florida based Virgin Voyages' cruise operations will commence in 2020 from Miami with the delivery of the first of these three ships. The other two vessels will be delivered in 2021 and 2022.

Brittany Ferries orders LNG and diesel-electric powered ropax from Flensburger

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Brittany Ferries, the French ferry company, said it had signed a contract with the Flensburger Schiffbau shipyard in Germany for a 42,400 gross ton LNG and diesel electric powered ropax ferry.

The vessel, which will be called Honfleur and be able to carry 1,680 passengers between Portsmouth in the UK and Caen in France, will have 2,600 lane metres of vehicle deck capacity. It is due to enter service in June 2019.

Honfleur will be built at the Flensburger Schiffbau shipyard in Germany over the next two years and will be powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas).

Its four main engines will feed electric generators and two electric shaft propulsion motors with two fixed pitch efficient propellers. This propulsion arrangement in common in cruise ships, but rare in ferries that usually use direct drive with gearboxes and controllable pitch propellers.

“Honfleur will be the first passenger ship in the world to be equipped with on board cranes that allow 40 feet (ISO standard) LNG containers to be lifted into a fixed position,” Brittany Ferries said.

Flensburger already has a large ropax ferry on order from Irish Continental Group, which trade as Irish Ferries.




Barreras in Spain wins order for 190 m cruise yacht from Ritz-Carlton

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Hijos De J Barreras, the Spanish shipbuilder, has won a contract for building a luxury cruise yacht for use by the Ritz-Carlton group, the US based luxury hotels company.

It will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2019, with a completion time of 30 months. The contract includes the option of building a second and third vessel.

On 22 June, Ritz-Carlton said it would build three large luxury cruise yachts, the first of which would enter service in 2019.

The ship, jointly designed by the owner, Tillberg Design and Barreras, will be one of the most sophisticated and elegant vessels in the world, Barreras said in a statement.

It will have an overall length of 190 m, and 23.8 m beam, and will accommodate 444 people, including 298 passengers in 149 suites and 246 crew members.

The vessel will fulfill the highest standards with regards to the comfort of guests and be intended to exclusive voyages in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Europe and the North America.

“Barreras takes its first steps in the cruise business with this extraordinary vessel. The entry into this sector, which until now was exclusive of several European factories (sic,. i.e. shipyards), opens the doors to new projects that the shipyard is currently offering,” the company said.


Ritz yachts to measure 190 metres in length, feature two 138 sqm penthouses

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

The luxury cruise yachts of Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., part of Marriott International, Inc., will measure 190 metres, accommodate up to 298 passengers, and feature 149 suites, each with its own private balcony.

“The yacht will also feature two 138 square metre lavish duplex penthouse suites, with modern craftsmanship and interior finishes jointly designed by The Ritz-Carlton and leading cruise ship design firm, Tillberg Design of Sweden. The onboard experience will reflect the sublime comfort and unparalleled level of individualized guest service for which the iconic Ritz-Carlton brand is recognized; a first in the cruise industry,” the company said in a statement.

The concept is jointly developed by The Ritz-Carlton and maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, in collaboration with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

The Ritz-Carlton will provide luxury hospitality service under a long-term operating agreement. Named The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, this venture represents a unique foray into the cruise industry for a luxury hotel operator. The first of three lavish cruising yachts in this series is scheduled to take to sea in the fourth quarter of 2019, and distinguishes Marriott International as the only provider of luxury accommodations both on land and at sea.

 “The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true stand outs in some of the most glamorous ports around the world,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.”

Itineraries are being developed with an intent to combine the lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton’s luxury resorts and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation. Calling at intimate and signature destinations alike, voyages will range from seven to ten days.

The first ship will cruise a wide variety of destinations depending on the season, including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Due to the intimate size of the vessel, the yacht will call at unique locations typically not accessible to large cruise ships, from Capri and Portofino to St. Barths and the old town of Cartagena. With a relaxed pace, that includes both overnight and daytime ports of call, guests will be offered a uniquely curated destination experience.

“The Ritz-Carlton is known for its legendary service and high standards,” said Douglas Prothero Managing Director, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. “We are delighted to collaborate with The Ritz-Carlton as our hospitality operator in offering the most exclusive yachting experience to be found at sea in a venture that will give new meaning to curated luxury travel,” continued Lars Clasen, Managing Director, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.

Throughout the journey, guests will indulge in a cruising style that is unparalleled in the ultra-luxury cruise and private yachting sectors. The Ritz-Carlton yachts will feature a restaurant by Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg; a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa; and a Panorama Lounge and wine bar, offering a wide variety of on-board entertainment. Additionally, the yacht will offer one-of-a-kind curated destination journeys through collaborations with local chefs, musicians and artists, allowing guests to experience the locations in unique and experiential ways, both onboard and ashore, the company said.


Ritz-Carlton to offer cruises on three 298 passenger yachts from 2019

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The Ritz-Carlton Company, the US based luxury hotels group, said it would introduce three custom-built yachts that would offer an intimate journey with space for 298 guests.

“Accommodations include 149 suites, each with its own balcony, and several luxurious duplex penthouses.

Voyages would range from seven to 10 days and include overnight and daytime ports of call. The first yacht sets sail in 2019; reservations open May 2018, the company said in a statement.