Cruise Ship Floating on Air

By Keith Henderson at June 07, 2012 08:05
Filed Under: Company News, Research & Development
Carnival Corporation’s German subsidiary AIDA Cruises has two 125,00 GT passenger ships each with a capacity of 3,250 passengers is presently under construction at MHI, Japan, with completion dates scheduled for the second quarter 2015 and second quarter 2016. They will use the Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS) whereby blowers bleed air bubbles through small holes in the ship’s bottom to produce a carpet of air which reduces friction. In this first application on a cruise ship, MHI predict a fuel saving of around sever per cent for the two AIDA vessels. The AIDA cruise ships will use a diesel electric propulsion system driving two ABB Azipod XO2100 azimuth thrusters each with a rated output of 14 MW. [More]

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