MV Werften and MAN Diesel & Turbo concluded a contract to equip a pair of global class cruise ships.
With a RT (registered tonnage) of 200 000 tons each, the vessels will be some of the biggest on the market and will each be equipped with 6 type 48/60CR engines with combined output of 96 000 kW. The cruise ships are scheduled for delivery in 2020 and 2021.
The customer and recipient of these ocean-going giants, which will operate in China and all over Asia, is the Star Cruises brand of Genting Hong Kong. Genting Hong Kong has been active in the cruise business for 23 years and recently launched its new luxury cruise line brand “Dream Cruises – The Most Luxury Asian Cruise Line” with two 150 000 RT ships – the Genting Dream delivered this month and World Dream to be delivered next year, both equipped with MAN engines. Genting Hong Kong also owns Crystal Cruises – The Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line in the World.
This year, the company bought German shipyards in Wismar, Rostock and Stralsund and now operates them as the shipyard group MV Werften. This strategic step was taken to secure the company’s expansion plans in the growth markets of South-East Asia and China and in the global market for luxury cruise ships.
“The cruise business is globally experiencing strong growth. This has led to very long lead times of up to 10 years for new large cruise ships, since only few shipyards are specialized in the very challenging construction process of cruise ships. We want to change this by having earlier delivery and incorporate the latest design as the ships are being built”, said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman and CEO of the Genting.
“The MV Werften locations have a long-standing tradition in shipbuilding and are in close proximity to the cluster of industries supporting cruise shipbuilding in Northern Europe,“ said Jarmo Laakso, managing director at MV Werften.
“We have the experience and know-how for the construction of cruise ships, and are delighted to have gained an equally experienced and leading global specialist partner for maritime propulsion solutions in MAN Diesel & Turbo.”