MSC Cruises takes another step in the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability, starting the construction of MSC Euribia, the most environmentally advanced ship. MSC Euribia will enter service in 2023.
Official construction of MSC Cruises’ most environmentally advanced vessel to date has begun, with the first steel cutting performed at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint Nazaire, France. It was announced that the name of the ship, which took its name from the ancient Greek goddess of domination of the sea, is MSC Euribia.
Entering service in June 2023, MSC Euribia will be the 22nd vessel in MSC Cruises’ fleet and the second vessel to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), the cleanest marine fuel at current scale.
Like every ship joining the MSC Cruises fleet, it will be equipped with some of the latest and most advanced technologies and solutions to minimize environmental impact. The start of construction of the MSC Euribia vessel marks another milestone that the company is actively pursuing in its commitment to environmental sustainability.
The start of its construction was marked in Saint Nazaire with the traditional steel cutting ceremony that brought together shipowner and shipyard. As maritime tradition dictates, Pierfrancesco Vago, Chairman of MSC Cruises, launched the next step in MSC Cruises’ journey towards zero-impact operations, with Laurent Castaing, Managing Director of Chantiers de l’Atlantique, to initiate the cutting of the first steel for the new vessel. .
Pierfrancesco Vago, Chairman of MSC Cruises, said: “Just as the ancient goddess used the winds, air and constellations to dominate the seas, our vision is for MSC Euribia to master the use of sustainable technologies to protect and preserve our precious marine ecosystem. This ship marks a new milestone in our journey towards zero impact operations and is testament to our commitment to promoting and developing the next generation of environmental technologies. As a family with more than 300 years of maritime heritage, we always strive to protect the environment in order to preserve our lifestyle and protect the universe for future generations. With our first LNG powered working vessel currently under construction, MSC Euribia will further reduce emissions using the latest technology available. It will be one of the highest performing contemporary ships in the world in terms of environment.”
LNG is the cleanest marine fuel currently available and virtually eliminates local air pollutant emissions such as sulfur oxides (99%), nitrogen oxides (85%) and particulates (98%).
MSC Cruises is committed to powering at least 3 LNG-powered ships with a total investment of more than 3 Billion Euros. The first of these, MSC World Europa, currently under construction in Saint Nazaire, will enter service in October 2022. Construction of the third ship will begin in early 2023.
MSC EURIBIA ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES:
ENGINES AND FUELS:
•4 Wärtsilä (12V and 16V) dual-fuel engines generally run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), occasionally with 0.1% sulfurous marine gasoline (MGO), so ship exhaust gas cleaning systems are not needed.
• Selective catalytic reduction system that reduces NOx emissions by up to 90% when powered by MGO (LNG offers a similar NOx reduction) – MSC Euribia will meet IMO’s Tier III standards regardless of the fuel it uses.
• The shore-to-ship power connection allows the ship to shut down its engines and connect to local power grids in ports where this infrastructure is available.
•Advanced wastewater treatment system in compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s MEPC Resolution 227(64) to the world’s strictest standards – the so-called “Baltic Standard”.
•The advanced ballast water treatment system will prevent the introduction of invasive species into the marine environment through ballast water discharges, in accordance with the International Maritime Organization’s Ballast Water Management Convention.
PROTECTING SEA LIFE:
An underwater radiated noise management system with hull and engine room designs that minimize acoustic sound impact, reducing potential impacts on marine fauna, particularly marine mammals in surrounding waters.
All MSC Cruises’ new builds include a wide range of energy efficient equipment that helps reduce and optimize engine usage. These include intelligent ventilation and advanced air conditioning systems with automatic energy recovery loops that redistribute heat and cold to reduce demand. Ships use LED lighting controlled by smart management systems to further enhance the energy saving profile. MSC Euribia, in partnership with the shipyard, will be equipped with automated data collection systems for remote energy monitoring and advanced analysis, enabling real-time shore support to optimize onboard operational efficiency.
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