GE to propel MSC Cruises’ Seaside EVO series

Steel cutting for MSC Seashore, the first of two MSC Cruises' Seaside EVO ships, took place at Monfalcone last November Steel cutting for MSC Seashore, the first of two MSC Cruises' Seaside EVO ships, took place at Monfalcone last November

Following the arrival of MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview in the Seaside class, GE Marine Solutions (GE) has again been selected by MSC Cruises and Fincantieri to provide the marine electric propulsion technology for two new Seaside EVO ships, delivering in 2021 and 2023.

 

With a gross tonnage of 169,400gt and a total guest capacity of 5,632, the first in series Seaside Evo - to be named MSC Seahorse - and delivery in 2021 and a second ship in 2023, will be the largest cruise ships ever built by Fincantieri.

GE will provide the electric propulsion system with partners Imesa and Nidec that will bring operational efficiency and excellent maneuverability. GE will also lead the consortium – Imesa, Nidec, ASI – for managing the overall electrical power and propulsion system.

Increased power rating

GE’s solution consists of propulsion controls along with transformers, variable frequency drive (VFD) technology, propulsion motors and distribution transformers. The propulsion system will see an increased power rating compared to those onboard the previous two vessels. GE’s electrical marine solution enables a smooth installation and cabling process. It also eliminates the need for harmonic filters.

‘Seaside Class showcases our commitment to pushing the boundary of the future of cruising by unlocking the maximized potential that a cruise ship can achieve. MSC Seaside EVO ships will be longer and consequently more powerful than the previous two ships concerning power generation and propulsion motors. And we once again place our trust and count on GE, among other various partners, to deliver the outcome,’ said Emilio La Scala, president & md, MSC Cruise Management UK.

A long-term partner of MSC Cruises

‘We have a long-term relationship with MSC Cruises. Our electrical propulsion systems have been installed on the existing fleet of 14 vessels, bringing reliable operations and smooth voyage experiences to millions of passengers worldwide,’ said Ed Torres, GE’s marine solutions leader.

‘As the demand for cruise holidays soars, fleets continue to grow. While stringent regulations and increased vessel sizes may pose new challenges, they bring with them a host of opportunities. New regulations are driving for more efficient operations with reduced carbon footprint, while larger sizes of vessels will set new benchmarks for technology reliability,’ said Azeez Mohammed, president and ceo of GE’s Power Conversion business.

Posted 14 February 2019

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