Technology group Wärtsilä announced earlier this week that it will supply the engines for Celebrity Cruises, capable of operating with a methanol fuel option, reports Bunkerspot.
To enable this advance, Wärtsilä will convert two Wärtsilä 46F engines to allow them to utilize methanol as fuel, marking the first-ever such conversion for this particular engine type. The engines will also be capable of operating with two other conventional fuel types.
Methanol conversion project
According to Wärtsilä, the conversion project not only promotes lower carbon cruising, but by adding methanol as a fuel option, emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter are significantly reduced. The order for the engines was included in Wärtsilä’s order book in January 2023 and the vessel is scheduled for delivery from the yard in 2025.
“With the launch of our Edge Series of ships in 2018, we set ambitious sustainability goals to make these ships the most energy efficient large vessels at sea,” said Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.
“We share a commitment to decarbonize shipping, and the transparent partnership between our three companies for this newbuild project represents an important milestone along the path to achieving this goal,” said Håkan Agnevall, President and CEO of Wärtsilä.
“Development and integration of methanol systems on a cruise ship is a new challenge for Chantiers de l’Atlantique and, for the first time, is part of our decarbonization program,” said Laurent Castaing, General manager of Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard
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