Silversea begins building hybrid ship

Silversea begins building hybrid ship

The luxury travel brand’s greenest ship has been named Silver Nova

Silversea Cruises has started construction on its hybrid luxury cruise ship which has been named Silver Nova.

The vessel is the first ship to be developed as part of Silversea’s sustainability project that seeks to “preserve the planet without compromising on comfort or luxury”.

The luxury travel brand marked the naming of Silver Nova with a traditional steel cutting ceremony.

The construction of the ship has now started at Meyer Werft in Papenburg.

Set to be delivered in summer 2023, Silversea says that the vessel will be the “first hybrid luxury cruise ship free of local emissions at port”.

Silver Nova will achieve a cruise industry first by featuring a local emission-free operation in port by using fuel cells and batteries. The ship will use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as its main fuel.

The new hybrid technology will allow Silver Nova to achieve a 40 per cent reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions per double suite when compared to its previous class of ships (the Muse class).

Roberto Martinoli, president and CEO of Silversea Cruises, said: “Our Nova class ships represent a significant investment in unprecedented technological solutions. They support our mission to preserve the planet without compromising on comfort or luxury.”

He added: “Silver Nova is the manifestation of Silversea and Royal Caribbean Group’s long-term commitment to sustainability.”

Barbara Muckermann, chief commercial officer, said: “Sustainability is the future of luxury travel and the name Silver Nova is representative of the incredible innovation of Silversea’s luxury.”

She added: “Silversea is already a leader in environmentally conscious travel and now, with Silver Nova, we will go even further to meet the expectations of both today’s and tomorrow’s luxury traveller.”

Silver Nova is being built in Papenburg by Meyer Werft, one of the largest shipyards in the world.

“We are delighted to begin the construction of this innovative ship and to continue our long partnership with Royal Caribbean Group. This day is a very special one for us, as it is the first time that a Silversea ship is being built at our shipyard,” said Bernard Meyer, managing director of Meyer Werft.

Sustainable features of Silver Nova and all future Nova class ships include a micro auto gasification system, which reduces onboard waste volume, resulting in lower incineration emissions.

The ship class is also projected to achieve an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) rating that’s around 25 per cent better than applicable International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements.

Shore power will allow the ship to shut down its main generators at select ports and plug into the onshore energy supply which cuts onboard local emissions to zero.

Silver Nova will offer a space-to-guest ratio of 75 GRT-per-passenger – the highest in Silversea’s fleet – with a 1:1.3 crew-to-guest ratio, as well as butler services for all suites. The ship will have a travel capacity of 728 guests and a gross tonnage of 54,700 tons.

Members of Silversea’s loyalty scheme, the Venetian Society, and travel advisors will have pre-sale access from December, 16, 2021. General sales will open on January 6, 2022.

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