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Tuesday, November 3, 2020 

Wärtsilä says it is continuing to work with Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri on supplying a broad range of equipment for a number of cruise ship newbuilds in the group's yards.

The latest orders are for complete waste treatment systems and fresh water generators for two vessels and for entertainment systems for two new series of ships totalling eight vessels in all. Previously, Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply an equipment package for another two vessels, including Wärtsilä 46F engines, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) solutions, hybrid scrubbers, automation, navigation and local entertainment systems, low location lights, valves, public address and general alarm system. All these ships will be operated by different cruise companies.

The waste treatment solution includes the handling of both wet and dry waste, and includes Wärtsilä’s Membrane Bioreactor technology for wet waste, employing upstream handling to meet and exceed the latest IMO regulations. The dry waste package will be the first for a large cruise vessel to incorporate Wärtsilä’s Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS), a technology that converts waste to energy allowing the unit to be fuelled by gas synthesised from the waste. This will contribute to significantly lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions in comparison with conventional incinerators, thus meeting sustainability targets set by the ships’ owner.

The entertainment systems have been designed by Wärtsilä to ensure high quality passenger experience. Wärtsilä Entertainment will not only supply turnkey entertainment systems, but also LED architectural lighting, Public Address and General Alarm systems. 

Massimo Costa, VP Purchasing, Fincantieri, said: “We are very familiar with Wärtsilä’s products and solutions, and are extremely confident that they are the right choice for these exciting new vessels. The cruise industry is setting the pace in sustainable shipping, while the ability to create a high quality passenger experience is constantly improving. We feel that Wärtsilä is contributing heavily in both these areas.”

“These latest contract awards represent a further step in the building of a strong relationship with Fincantieri to provide the cruise industry with the latest and most efficient technological solutions,” said Giovanni Paladino, Key Account Manager, Wärtsilä Marine.

The waste treatment systems are scheduled for delivery in Q4 2021. The entertainment systems will be delivered in line with the vessels’ delivery dates commencing in 2022.

The earlier Fincantieri cruiseship contract is for a total of 20 Wärtsilä 46DF dual-fuel engines, 20 Wärtsilä 46F engines, eight Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage, supply and control systems, two Wärtsilä hybrid scrubber systems, as well as Wärtsilä Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) solutions, and Wärtsilä gas valve units.

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