Press Release

GE and Fincantieri Shipyard Successfully Delivered the Diadema Cruise Ship, Marking Ten-Year Partnership with the Carnival Corporation
Jan 27, 2015
  • GE’s Continuous Efforts in Improving Technology Provided to Cruise Ships Ensure GE’s Solutions Stand the Test of Time
  • The Electric Power and Propulsion System Optimizes Fuel Consumption and Reliability of  Ship Operation
  • GE’s  Advanced Technology Provides a Pleasant Journey for Cruise Passengers

PARIS – 27 January – Chosen repeatedly for more than 10 years by Fincantieri shipyard to equip in-board propulsion for Carnival and Costa vessels, GE’s Power Conversion business has helped the shipyard successfully deliver the Costa Diadema cruise ship to the Carnival Corporation on the 28th of October 2014.

Constructed at the Marghera Shipyards near Venice, Italy, the cruise ship, 306-meters in length and 132,500 gross tonnage in weight, has the capacity to carry up to 5,000 passengers. The Costa Diadema cruise ship benefits from GE’s latest technology and vast experience from the cruise industry. GE’s capability to meet customers’ demanding requirements has supported this valuable relationship with the Carnival Corporation for more than 10 years.

GE has led the consortium providing the electric power and propulsion system including six generators and six aft/bow thruster electrical motors, HV main switchboard and distribution transformers, propulsion transformers, synchro-drives and motors for the Diadema.

The electric power and propulsion system on the ship optimizes the fuel consumption and enhances the overall safety and reliability of the vessels operation.

“Over the past 10 years, GE has been a reliable partner to help us build this ship and resolve various issues. We have a strong reliance on GE and its capability to ensure our passengers a very pleasant and smooth journey.” said Richard-Haslam Jones, Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, “The successful commissioning and on-time delivery once again demonstrates GE’s capability and expertise in the cruise sector. We have confidence that our partnership will continue for a long time.”

“GE is continuously looking to improve technology provided in cruise ships.” said Paul English, Marine Business Leader, GE Power Conversion, “By using GE’s electric power and propulsion system, ship owners will benefit from a reliable power supply, higher operating efficiency and lower emissions. Our long-lasting relationship with Carnival is irrefutable proof that our solution stands the test of time.”

To continuously support the growing demands of the industry, GE Power Conversion focuses on connecting dots with customer needs and coming up with electric solutions optimized to their challenges.


About GE Power Conversion

GE’s Power Conversion business applies the science and systems of power conversion to help drive the electrification of the world’s energy infrastructure by designing and delivering advanced motor, drive and control technologies that evolve today’s industrial processes for a cleaner, more productive future. Serving specialized sectors such as energy, marine, oil and gas, renewables and industry, through customized solutions and advanced technologies, GE Power Conversion partners with customers to maximize efficiency. To learn more, please visit:

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For more information, contact:

Paul Floren, GE

Power Conversion, Global Communication Leader

+33 1 53 59 28 44

+33 6 20 71 14 21

Wenlin Jin, GE

Power Conversion, External Affairs

+33 1 53 59 28 45

+33 6 10 13 02 53


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