MSC Cruises has outlined the sustainability concepts that will be used on MSC World Europa, as the line’s new ship enters the final construction stage.
MSC World Europa is set to become the world’s largest liquefied natural gas-powered cruise ship when it launches in November 2022, according to MSC.
The vessel will be the world’s first to feature what MSC Cruises called a “brand new solid oxide fuel cell technology powered by LNG”, developed by the cruise line, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, and Bloom Energy.
It will also make use of a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system and enhanced shore-to-ship power capability, as well as new wastewater treatment technology.
The SCR will reduce NOx emissions by 90 per cent when LNG is not available.
MSC Cruises said that the use of LNG will cut CO2 by up to 25 per cent, with the line adding that LNG will help “enable the development of low-carbon fuels and solutions such as green hydrogen, bio-LNG, and fuel cells”.
The hull of the ship has also been designed to minimise resistance through the water.
MSC Cruises committed to net zero
MSC Cruises director of sustainability Linden Coppell 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.
“With this project, we are also advancing partnerships with technology suppliers, energy companies, academia, and regulatory bodies. We must all deepen our collaboration to unlock a zero-emissions future.”
MSC Cruises has three orders in place for LNG-powered vessels, for delivery between 2022 and 2025.
MSC World Europa will be followed by MSC Euribia, which is currently under construction in Saint Nazaire and set to enter service in 2023.
Construction of the third ship is set to start in early 2023.