German manufacturer GEA will be equipping two new Chinese cruise ships with transcritical CO2 refrigeration systems – the first two cruise ships ever built in China, the company says.
GEA has also supplied an ammonia/CO2 cascade system to a Dutch fishing trawler, the second largest in the world, according to the company.
In May 2019, GEA signed a contract for transcritical CO2 refrigeration technology with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS), China, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC). SWS is building the two cruise ships for the new Chinese brand CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Ltd.
The agreement between GEA and SWS provides for the supply of refrigeration and freezing for all food and beverage refrigeration equipment on two cruise ships. The first ship will be delivered in 2023.
“The cruise market is booming worldwide,” said Marc Prinsen, GEA’s head of application center utilitiesmarine. “In China alone, growth to 4.5 million Chinese cruise passengers is forecast by 2020. This will be the first newly built cruise ships to be equipped with this type of sustainable technology. This is a really important reference project and we believe it will lead to a major spin-off.”