Wednesday,  September 23, 2020  3:33 pm

Cleaner cruising: MSC Grandiosa to debut major eco-friendly technologies

Cleaner cruising: MSC Grandiosa to debut major eco-friendly technologies
MSC Grandiosa will begin service on October 31st, 2019. Photo: MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises’ newest ship, MSC Grandiosa, is due to enter service on October 31st.

And with that will come two leading-edge environmental onboard environmental advances that place a high priority on energy efficiency.

The ship will include what’s called a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system,” which helps reduce nitrogen oxide by 90 percent through advanced active emissions control technology.

Nitrogen oxide from the engine operations is conducted through a catalyst — a high-density device made from noble metals — and converts them into nitrogen and water, both harmless compounds.

MSC Grandiosa will also be fitted with a next-generation AWT system, which meets the “Baltic Standard” and treats wastewater to a higher standard than most standards available in cities around the world.

The ship will also be fitted with shore-to-ship power, connecting cruise ships while at berth to a port’s local power grid to reduce the ship’s air emissions while in port.

This is a feature that is available across MSC Cruises’ entire fleet and has come as standard across all its new builds since 2017.

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These new features add to other environmental technologies deployed on the ship and across the company’s fleet to minimize and continuously reduce environmental impact.

These include hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) that remove sulphur oxide from ship emissions; advanced waste management and wastewater treatment systems; ballast water treatment systems; latest-technology systems for the prevention of oil discharges from machinery spaces and various state-of-the-art energy-efficiency improvements, from heat recovery systems to LED lighting.

Currently, MSC Grandiosa and 10 other ships in MSC Cruises’ fleet of 17 ships are equipped for cleaner emissions with hybrid EGCS’ which remove 98 percent of sulphur dioxide from a ship’s exhausts.

MSC Grandiosa is the third Meraviglia class ship to enter MSC Cruises’ fleet and the first of three Meraviglia-Plus ships.

It will be MSC Cruises’ fifth new ship to enter into service in the past 30 months, and the second this year, part of a plan to build 17 highly-innovative and environmentally-sound cruise ships between 2017 and 2027.

MSC Grandiosa will be christened in Hamburg, Germany on November 9th.

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