PrimeServ Clinches Large Retrofit Contract
Major cruise line signs up for new turbochargers
MAN PrimeServ has won the contract from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) to retrofit the turbochargers aboard four cruise liners from its fleet.
The contract covers the retrofit of a total of 30 turbochargers aboard four vessels – two operated by Royal Caribbean International, and two operated by Pullmantur, a wholly-owned RCCL subsidiary, along with attachment kits and technical support. The vessels ‘Grandeur of the Seas’ and ‘Enchantment of the Seas’ – both equipped with 4 × 12V48/60 MAN engines – will be retrofitted with 16 × TCA55 turbochargers, while the vessels ‘Horizon’ and ‘Zenith’ – both equipped with 2 × 9L40/54B and 5 × 6L40/54B engines – will be retrofitted with 4 × NA40/S and 10 × NA34/S turbochargers.
Speaking at RCCL headquarters in Miami, Wayne Jones, Senior Vice President and Head of MAN PrimeServ Diesel, said: “This turbocharger upgrade will not only boost engine performance but also extend engine life and support the entire operation both from a technical and cost perspective. In the end it’s an investment in sustainability.”
Gregory Purdy, Senior Vice President, Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean International, said: “Our ships are the best and most innovative in the world. Thus we are always eager to explore new solutions to increase their performance. We put high expectations in this turbocharger upgrade.”
“Our fleet has an outstanding reputation; our customers always expect the best vacation experience. To meet and even exceed this expectation we need reliable partners with focus on sustainability” underlined William Baumgartner, SVP Global Marine Operations at RCCL.
Wayne Jones was equally confident: “RCCL’s vision is exactly what we strive to achieve: to exceed our customer’s expectations and this is exactly what we hope for in this project!”
Installation of the first retrofit will take place aboard Enchantment of the Seas in December 2015 during its regular sailing schedule between Florida and the Bahamas. Each installation will take approximately 10 days per engine.
The project has been and will be handled from MAN PrimeServ Turbocharger HQ in Augsburg, in close collaboration with the local MAN PrimeServ Diesel team in Fort Lauderdale (USA).
The vessels ‘Enchantment of the Seas’ and ‘Grandeur of the Seas’ – both equipped with MAN 12V48/60 engines and both receiving retrofitted turbochargers under the new deal (pictures courtesy RCCL)