Wärtsilä To Supply Engines For Virgin Newbuilds


Wärtsilä solutions have been selected by Virgin Voyages to power its three cruise ships under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard, Italy.

Wärtsilä is a Finnish corporation with its’ headquarters in Helsinki. They manufactures and service power sources and other equipment in the marine and energy markets. The core products of Wärtsilä include large combustion engines used in cruise ships and ferries.

Each Virgin ships will be powered by two eight-cylinder and two 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 46F engines. The Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubber System has the ability  to use seawater to remove sulphur oxides from the exhaust.

Significant reductions in the emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulates will be made possible by the Wärtsilä 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 handled by Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum solution.

Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin (left), Sir Richard Branson and SVP Marine & Technical, Stuart Hawkins (Courtesy Virgin)

Florida-based Virgin Voyages’ cruises will commence in 2020 from Miami with the first ship. The other two vessels will be delivered in 2021 and 2022.


Malcolm says: If you are wondering why I have posted such a geeky story, Virgin are still not giving too much information away. We still do not really know what the ships will actually look like, for example. I don’t believe the renderings above are in any way accurate.


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