MSC Cruises’ Upcoming Ships To Further Company’s Environmental Commitment
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
MSC Cruises’ two newbuilds slated to enter service this year -- MSC Virtuosa and MSC Seashore -- will feature a range of technology and equipment that minimize their environmental impact, from reduced emissions to innovative wastewater treatment systems.
“Our long-term goal is to achieve a zero-impact cruise operation and this is the journey we are on today. As we work with our partners to identify new technologies that will bring us closer to this goal with each new ship that we build and bring into service, we continue to equip our ships with the latest and most effective technologies in the market,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman.
Notable environmental technology onboard MSC Virtuosa and MSC Seashore include:
Air Emissions: Both ships are equipped with systems which yield a 98 per cent reduction of sulphur oxide emissions and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 per cent.
Shore to Ship: Both Virtuosa and Seashore will have shore-to-ship power connectivity, allowing them to connect to local power grids while at ports where this infrastructure is available. This minimizes engine use at berth, leading to an emissions reduction when the ships are close to urban areas.
Wastewater: The ships will feature advanced wastewater treatment systems with purification standards that are higher than most wastewater treatment facilities ashore. Ballast water treatment systems will prevent the introduction of invasive species into the marine environment.
Protecting Marine Life: Both ships will be equipped with an underwater radiated noise management system that minimizes sound impact, reducing their potential negative effects on marine mammals and fauna.
Energy Efficiency: All MSC Cruises’ newbuilds incorporate a range of energy-efficient equipment that helps reduce and optimize engine use. These include smart ventilation and advanced air conditioning systems, LED lighting controlled by smart management systems and remote energy monitoring and analysis, allowing real-time shoreside support to optimize operational efficiency onboard.
“Every new ship that joins our fleet incorporates solutions to minimize our environmental footprint. MSC Virtuosa and MSC Seashore will be no exception,” said Linden Coppell, MSC Cruises’ Director of Sustainability.
“As new technologies are identified, we also work to improve the existing fleet, investigating retrofit opportunities, incorporating new energy reduction measures, working extensively with industry experts and seeking out drop-in alternative fuels to achieve the ambitious carbon intensity reduction goals of our industry.”
MSC World Europa Joins Fleet in 2022, Work on Second LNG Ship Begins This Year
Looking ahead, the company’s first LNG-powered vessel, MSC World Europa, will be delivered in 2022. This year, work will begin on a second LNG ship, the fifth in the Meraviglia class.
MSC says its new World Europa will be “amongst the most technologically advanced cruise ships in the world”, bringing a range of environmental innovations to the market including a 50-kilowatt, LNG-powered solid oxide fuel cell technology project that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a further 25 per cent compared to a conventional LNG engine.
As sustainable, non-fossil-based fuels like bio-LNG become available at scale, MSC Cruises anticipates their widespread deployment on its LNG-powered ships to further reduce GHG emissions.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.