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MSC World Europa will be “greenest and most efficient vessel” in fleet

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  •   05-23-2022  9:19 pm
  •   Pax Global Media

MSC World Europa will be “greenest and most efficient vessel” in fleet
MSC World Europa. (MSC Cruises)
Pax Global Media

MSC World Europa is set to become the “greenest and most efficient vessel” in MSC Cruises’ fleet when she is delivered in October 2022, the cruise line said in a press release on Monday (May 23).

MSC World Europa will be the world’s first contemporary cruise vessel to feature brand new solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) developed by MSC Cruises, Chantiers de l’Atlantique and 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.

It will be a testbed to accelerate the development of fuel cell technology for contemporary cruise ships and offers a potential to enable hybrid propulsion solutions in the future.

“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 decarbonization of the maritime sector,” said Linden Coppell, director of sustainability for MSC Cruises.

“MSC World Europa will be our most efficient ship yet and help us prove and refine environmental technologies for the future of our fleet.”

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 per cent,” the company said.

LNG will also enable the development of low-carbon fuels and solutions such as green hydrogen, bio-LNG, and fuel cells.

MSC World Europa features a "selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system" that reduces NOx emissions by 90 per cent when LNG is not available, and the ship must run on marine gas oil, the company said. 

Additionally, shore-to-ship power connectivity allows MSC World Europa to minimize engine use at ports where the required infrastructure is available.

MSC World Europa also features the latest wastewater treatment technology and includes an “advanced ballast water treatment system” that prevents the introduction of invasive species in the marine environment through ballast water discharges, in compliance with IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention.

Energy enhancements include smart ventilation and advanced air conditioning systems, allowing effective distribution of heat and cold across the ship.

The ship also uses LED lighting controlled by smart management systems to further enhance the energy saving profile.

MSC World Europa was also designed with an innovative hull shape to minimize resistance through the water.

These efficiency advances, and the use of LNG, “will enable an operational performance far higher than the IMO-required energy design criteria for new ships,” the company said.

MSC World Europa’s hull and engine room was also designed to minimize 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, representing an overall investment of over 3 billion Euros.

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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