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TMC scoops Virgin Voyages contract to supply energy saving compressors

Thu 20 Apr 2017 by Rebecca Moore

TMC scoops Virgin Voyages contract to supply energy saving compressors
Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin and Sir Richard Branson

TMC Compressors (TMC) has scooped a contract from Fincantieri to supply the first of Virgin Voyages’ three new cruise ships with a compressed air system – which boosts energy saving.

TMC’s Smart Air compressors offer 50 per cent energy saving compared to conventional compressors, the company says. 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 onboard service and control air system. The equipment will be delivered to the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri Ponente (Genoa), Italy. Contract value is undisclosed.

“Virgin Voyages wants a strong environmental profile for their new cruise ship. This is a good match for our Smart Air technology, which I believe was a key reason why TMC was chosen for this project. We have also supplied our compressed air systems to numerous other Fincantieri newbuilds, so they are familiar with the reliability of our technology,” said Per Kjellin, managing director of TMC.

Stuart Hawkins, Virgin Voyages senior vice president marine, stated: “We will continue to work together with Fincantieri to select great partners who share our vision to make a sea change. We are pleased to welcome TMC on board and excited that their system helps us to achieve our energy savings and ship efficiency goals.”

The first ship is scheduled for delivery in 2020. Steel cutting took place in Genoa on 22 March 2017 and will be followed by keel laying during the fourth quarter of 2017. Each of the three ships will be about 110,000 gross tonnes and will feature over 1,400 guest cabins that can host more than 2,700 passengers and 1,100 crew members.