Wärtsilä has completed equipment installations on the three lengthened Windstar cruise ships.
The refits were undertaken by Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard starting in 2019 with the first – ‘Star Breeze’, being completed in 2020. She was followed by the ‘Star Legend’ in mid- 2020, and finally the ‘Star Pride’ in October, 2021.
Each ship was lengthened to 160.6 m from 135 m. This project was part of Windstar’s $250 mill Star Plus initiative.
They were cut in half at the shipyard and a new 25.6 m mid-section added, providing an extra 50 staterooms accommodating 100 more passengers.
Simultaneously, the ships’ engines were removed and replaced to provide greater efficiency, better environmental performance, and extended range.
The new Wärtsilä engines will run on distillate fuels to comply with the 2020 sulphur cap regulations.
“This successful technical co-operation with Wärtsilä has enabled our two companies to achieve a successful renovation and the smooth functioning of the joint project,” said Andrew Toso, Fincantieri’s Deputy Director, Services.
“As the technical partner for this very large conversion project, it is extremely satisfying to have it concluded in a way that meets all the objectives. The renovations represented the largest portfolio of products and systems that we have ever assembled for a single service project.
“We have worked closely with Fincantieri for a number of years, and this project will certainly strengthen our relationship,” said Ivan Catalfamo, Wärtsilä’s General Manager Project Sales.
“Our thanks to both Wärtsilä and Fincantieri for their completion of a complex remodel that turned out beautifully. The stretching and renovation of these three all-suite yachts not only expands our guest capacity from 212 to 312, it also upgrades our environmental sustainability and operating efficiency, all of which are important to us,” added Chris Prelog, President, Windstar Cruises.
Wärtsilä’s scope of supply for each of the three vessels included two Wärtsilä 26 main engines, two Wärtsilä 26 auxiliary engines, four Wärtsilä customised selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems for emissions control, gear boxes, power take-off solutions, and controllable pitch propeller control upgrading.
The company also re-engineered the alarm, monitoring and automation system, and the power management system, as well as retrofitting the existing on board systems. Extensive renovation work was also carried out to the entire electrical and automation network.