MSC World Europa is set to become “the greenest and most efficient vessel” in MSC Cruises’ fleet when it is delivered in October 2022. Its environmental credentials include solid oxide fuel cells, a selective catalytic reduction system and enhanced shore-to-ship power capability.
The vessel will also be the largest LNG powered cruise ship in the world when it launches later this year. The line said it will be the world’s first contemporary cruise vessel to feature new solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), which has been developed by MSC Cruises, French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique and energy specialists Bloom Energy.
The ship will include a 150-kilowatt SOFC demonstrator that will generate auxiliary power to deliver “efficiency gains and significant CO2 emissions reductions compared to traditional internal combustion engines”. Compared to standard marine fuels, LNG nearly eliminates air pollutant emissions, including sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and fine particles, and achieves a CO2 reduction of up to 25%.
MSC World Europa also features a selective catalytic reduction system that reduces NOx emissions by 90% when LNG is not available, and the ship must run on marine gas oil. Shore-to-ship power connectivity also allows MSC World Europa to minimise engine use at ports where the required infrastructure is available.
The ship also features the latest wastewater treatment technology and an advanced ballast water treatment system.
Linden Coppell, director of sustainability for MSC Cruises, said, “We are committed to a net-zero future, which is why we are investing heavily in the development of low-carbon fuels and solutions that will accelerate the decarbonisation of the maritime sector. MSC World Europa will be our most efficient ship yet and help us prove and refine environmental technologies for the future of our fleet.”
MSC World Europa incorporates a range of equipment to optimise energy, and it has been designed with an innovative hull shape to minimise resistance through the water. The hull and engine room have also been designed to minimise acoustic underwater sound impact, reducing the potential impact on marine mammals in the surrounding waters.
MSC Cruises has three firm orders for LNG-powered vessels, for delivery between 2022 and 2025. MSC World Europa will be followed by MSC Euribia, which is also currently under construction in Saint Nazaire and set to enter service in 2023. Construction of the third ship is set to commence in early 2023.
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