International compressor supplier, TMC Compressors (TMC), announced that signed a contract with Fincantieri, to supply an environmentally friendly compressed air system to the first of three cruise ships the Italian shipbuilder is building for Virgin Voyages.
Under the contract, TMC will manufacture and deliver 1 x 40 KW Smart Air compressor, 2 x 44 KW compressors, air driers and filters to the on board service and control air system. The company claims that its Smart Air compressors offer 50 percent energy saving, compared to conventional compressors.
Per Kjellin, managing director of TMC, informed that also supplied compressed air systems to numerous other Fincantieri new-builds.
This technology will match with the rest of the ship, which will be equipped with an environmental friendly equipment. Virgin Voyages recently unveiled a cruise line first system, that transforms low-grade energy into clean electricity through using the diesel engine’s waste heat. This 1 MW energy production system will, according to Virgin Voyages, result in an estimated reduction of 5,400 tons of carbon dioxide per year per ship.
According to Stuart Hawkins, Virgin Voyages SVP Marine, the cooperation validates the company’s vision for energy savings and ship efficiency.
The equipment will be delivered to the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri Ponente (Genoa), Italy. Contract value is undisclosed. The first ship is scheduled for delivery in 2020. Steel cutting took place in Genoa on March 22, 2017 and will be followed by keel laying during the fourth quarter of 2017.