French cruise ship packed with sustainable technology

The impressive MSC World Europe cruise ship radiates both luxury and sustainability. The LNG-powered giant ship, built by the French shipyard Chantiers de I 'Atlantique, is an example of how the cruise industry is targeting the responsibility to develop more environmentally friendly ships.

With its futuristic Y-shape and 330 metre long, streamlined profile, MSC World Europe will be an impressive sight when it set sails in 2022. MSC World Europe is the first of a total of four scheduled cruise ships in the World Class ordered by MSC Cruises from the renowned French shipyard Chantiers de I ‘Atlantique.

Behind the elegant exterior is plenty of technology that not only makes sailing a luxurious and comfortable experience for passengers, but also gentle on the environment. MSC World Europe will be powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) from integrated solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). This is the first time LNG fuel-cells are used on a cruise ship and they are expected to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent compared to a conventional LNG engine.

Energy-optimised ventilation

The LNG fuel cells have been developed as part of the R&D programme Ecorizone ®, which Chantiers de I ‘Atlantique has launched in collaboration with the French government. And the pioneering fuel cells are not the only example of sustainable technology on board. The ship will also be equipped with an advanced wastewater treatment plant and a ventilation system with high energy efficiency.

The ventilation is supplied by Novenco Marine & Offshore using 75 Hoyer IE3 marine motors for both centrifugal and axial fans. Among other things, the ventilation is installed in the ship’s engine room where the demand for reliable and robust performance is extra high.

“Over the years, we have supplied motors for a number of projects at Chantiers de I ‘Atlantique, and our motors are specified on the makers list for the various subcontractors involved in the construction of MSC World Europe. In this case, we have supplied energy efficient IE3 marine motors. These motors meet high efficiency requirements, which can be read directly from the energy consumption, says Adam Slupinski, Segment Manager – HVAC at Hoyer.

The Cruise industry takes the responsibility seriously

Neither MSC Cruises nor Chantiers de I ‘Atlantique hide the fact that the investment in sustainable technology goes far beyond what is required to meet legal requirements and international standards. Instead, both the shipping company and the shipyard make a virtue of leading the way towards total CO2neutral and sustainable cruises.

“The cruise industry is a luxury industry that has long been booming due to the growing interest and demand. For several years, the industry has been a maritime frontrunner in energy efficiency and environmental focus. We also notice this on our deliveries to cruise ships where IE3 motors are the preferred choice, and there is a great focus on responsibility, sustainability and energy efficiency, says Adam Slupinski.

Besides environmental initiatives and energy efficiency the Corona pandemic has also increased the focus on health and safety in the industry. Therefore, several cruise companies are upgrading their HVAC systems with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that can prevent the spread of the vast majority of airborne viruses and other pathogens. The use of HEPA filters requires considerably more power in the HVAC system, potentially requiring a comprehensive upgrade of the capacity of both existing and new ships.

Facts about MSC World Europe

  • Built for MCS Cruises as the first of a total of four ships in the World Class.
  • Shipyard: Chantiers de l ‘Atlantique, France
  • Passenger capacity: 6,850 passengers
  • 330 metres long
  • GT: 205,000
  • Maximum speed: 20.5 knots

The Hoyer motors on MSC World Europe

  • 75 motors. Up to 64 kW output
  • All motors are from Hoyer’s IE3 efficiency range
  • IP56
  • BV classification
  • Supplied to axial and centrifugal fans produced by Novenco Marine & Offshore OEM subcontractors in Denmark, South Korea and Poland