American Cruise Ship Takes Shape

Thursday, October 14, 1999
The much-watched progress of two new cruise vessels under construction for AmericanClassic Voyages at Ingalls Shipbuilding are quickly taking shape, at least in the area of equipment selection. The ships are destined for Hawaii inter-island service, and will be the largest U.S. flag cruise ships ever built, and the first large passenger vessels built in the U.S. in more than 40 years. The project has generated an understandable amount of interest in the world shipbuilding community, and competition to secure an order on the ship has been fierce. Last month it was divulged that the Mermaid podded propulsion system was selected to propel the first two vessels, with an option for a third. Each ship will be equipped with two Mermaid propulsors, each with a rated power of 12.5 MW. The Mermaid system was jointly developed by Kamewa and ALSTOM, with Kamewa responsible for hydrodynamics and ALSTOM for the electric drive. The $28.5 million order also includes power generation and high voltage distribution from ALSTOM Drives & Controls. The first ship will be delivered to the shipowner in the beginning of the year 2003. For power, Litton has chosen four Wärtsilä 8L46C medium-speed diesel engines (combined output of 33,600 kW at 514 rpm) to drive the ships. “The two main reasons for choosing the Wärtsilä 46 engines for Project America was their proven reliability and their environmental values,” said Jon Rusten, president of Ocean Development Co., who is responsible for the newbuildings for the owner. The engines will be built at the company’s Turku works in Finland, and are being supplied in a package contract, including a wide range of ancillary equipment, including resilient mountings, elastic shaft couplings and exhaust silencers, together with fuel, lubricating oil, starting air and central cooling.
Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Schlumberger Announces Q1 Results

Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) today reported first-quarter 2014 revenue from continuing operations of $11.24 billion versus $11.91 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, and $10.

Russia Ships First Oil From Offshore Arctic Platform

President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia's first shipment of Arctic offshore oil on Friday, saying the platform decried by environmentalists will help Moscow expand its global energy markets share.

Shipping Turns From Banks to Equity Markets for Cash

Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector

Cruise Ship Trends

China Homeport for Latest Giant RCI Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean International says that its latest cruise ship, 'Quantum of the Seas', will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China The ship will reposition to China in May 2015,

Holland American Line donates $100,000 to Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

In honor of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s work to spread peace, justice and democracy around the globe, Holland America Line has made a $100,000 donation to

Cruise Industry Disappointed by Findings of Critical LMU Report

New research by the UK's Leeds Metropolitan University (LMU) claims the cruise industry is ignoring its responsibility to the environments and societies it visits.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1106 sec (9 req/sec)