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Vessel Name Costa Atlantica

Type Cruise Ship

Owner Costa Crociere

Shipbuilder Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Helsinki t; Jhis past summer marked a milestone in European cruise ship construction with the debut of the 85,700-gt RINA-classed vessel, M/S Costa Atlantica, which was constructed by Kvaerner Masa-Yards at a cost of $340 million. Touted as the largest ever built for a European cruise line, the ship also holds the distinction as the largest in the Costa Crociere fleet.

Considering that the ship is a first in series, the timeframe from order to completion has been remarkably compact: the order for the new ship was placed in early 1998; hull assembly began March 19, 1999; launching took place November 11, 1999; first cruise was July 16, 2000. Built to carry 2,680 passengers in 1,057 staterooms and 902 crew, the interior styling of the ship is described as "classic Italian," designed by Joe Farcus. To add an extra bit of Italian flair, each of the ship's 12 decks has been named after movies directed by the famous Federico Fellini. Costa Atlantica is powered by diesel-electric machinery, consisting of six Wartsila NSD 9L46D diesel engines, providing a total power of 62,370 kW. Each is connected to an alternator producing electricity to the ship's main electric network. The engines provide power for a pair of azimuthing electric Azipod propulsion units, providing a service speed of 22 knots. Costa Atlantica gives first form to the so-called Pana- max-Max generation from Kvaerner Masa-Yards, embodying the 8000-class design concept developed in conjunction with the Italian operator and its parent Carnival group. While providing a further, presti- gious reference for the diesel-electric mode in conjunction with podded outboard dri- ves, encapsulated in two 17.6-M W Azipod propulsors, Costa Atlantica also ushers-in a new power rating for the popular Wartsila 46 medium-speed diesel. The vessel's six diesel engines mark the seagoing debut of the D version of the Wartsila 46 design in a key sector of the market. The new model yields a 10 percent power increase over the 46C series, already one of the industry's most competitive designs. The cumula- tive effect of the uprating amounts to 5,670 kW in the case of the multi-engine instal- lation employed in Costa Atlantica. Making for a 62,370 kW powerhouse, each of the 9L46D units develops 10,395 kW at 514 rpm, and is connected to an ABB alter- nator delivering electricity into the main 11 kV system. An important aspect of the machinery installation aboard Costa Atlantica is its division into two, completely independent systems, conferring full redundancy. Each 'half plant' incorporates three main diesel gensets plus fuel and ancillary systems, main electrical distribution, con- trol and automation. Circle 34 on Reader Service Card

Main Particulars - Costa Atlantica

Owner Costa Crociere SpA

Cost $340 million

Builder .Kvaerner Masa-Yards - Helsinki

Classification . RINA

Length 960 ft. (292.5 m)

Breadth 106 ft. (32.2 m)

Draft 26 ft. (7.8 m)

Diesel engines (6) Wartsila NSD 9L46D

Propulsion .. (2) Azipod

Alternator ... ABB

GT 85,700

Passengers .. 2,680

Cabins 1,057

Crew 902




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Vessel Name:




Vasco da Gama


Jan de Nul Group

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Vasco da Gama, upon its delivery in June 2000, was dubbed by its owner Jan De Nul as the world's largest trailing suction hopper dredger. By the middle of July, the 33,000 cu. m. megatrailer joined the jumbotrailer Gerar- dus Mercator (18,000 cu. m.), and the trail- ing suction hopper dredger J.F.J. De Nul (11 ,750 cu. m.) in Singapore, where the

Jan De Nul Group is executing a major sand supply contract.

At 60,000 dwt, the vessel offers a hopper volume approximately 40 percent greater and a carrying capacity, which is more than 80 percent greater than that of the largest jumbo-dredgers available on the market to date. The vessel's massive size and power incorporates a high level of per- formance on the ongoing and forthcoming large land reclamation projects in the Far

East. Jan De Nul was established in 1938, as a civil engineering and maritime con- struction company in Belgium.

The company owns and operatess 11 cut- ter suction dredgers with total installed diesel power ranging from 1,574 hp to 27,524 hp including the world's most pow- erful self propelled cutter suction dredgers, the Leonardo da Vinci and the Marco Polo; 13 trailing suction hopper dredgers with hopper capacities — ranging from 2,399 cu. m. to 33,000 cu. m. including the jum- botrailer 'Gerardus Mercator' — and the

Mega dredger Vasco da Gama.

Proceeding 19 months of construction time, the suction dredger Vasco de Gama — with a hold of 33,000 cu. m. — was launched at the Thyssen Nordseewerke construction yard on November 5, 1999.

Krupp Fordertechnik GmbH supplied the dredging systems and components.

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Main Particulars -Vasco da Gama

Length 656 ft. (200 m)

Width 119 ft. (36.2 m)

Draft 46 ft. (14 m)

Dredging depth 148/197/262/430 ft. (45/60/80/131 m)

Deadweight 58,000 tons

Hopper Capacity 33,000 cu. m.

Pumps (Trailing) 2 x 4,500 kW

Propulsion 2 x 14,700 kW

Total Installed Engine Power 37,060 kW

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