Ship construction contracts valued at approximately two billion euros between Fincantieri and Virgin Voyages (part of Virgin Group of companies) for three new cruise ships have been finalized and are now effective.
The three units will be built at the shipyard in Sestri Ponente (Genoa) with delivery scheduled for 2020, 2021 and 2022 respectively.
Each ship will weigh about 110,000 gross tons, be 278 meters (912 feet) long and 38 meters wide (125 feet). The ships will feature over 1,400 guest cabins that can host more than 2,800 passengers, accompanied by 1,100 crew members.
These ships will stand out for original design and craftsmanship, says Fincantieri in a statement. They will include some highly innovative ideas and design solutions, notably for energy recovery. For example, they will be equipped with an energy production system of approximately one MW, which uses the diesel engine’s waste heat from clean energy company Climeon Ocean.
Richard Branson revealed Virgin Voyages’ identity in October, and the company’s president and CEO Tom McAlpin, said the company will be the first cruise line to adopt the Climeon Ocean system. However, in 2015, Viking Line installed Climeon Ocean on the passenger ferry, Viking Grace.
Large engines waste more than half of their energy produced as heat. This heat is typically at low temperatures and in large volumes, most of which is wasted and dumped into the oceans. This is why Climeon developed C3 technology that converts low temperature waste heat into clean electricity that goes back into the vessel for use, resulting in less fuel costs and a significant reduction of CO2 emissions.