Global cruise line MSC Cruises has held a coin ceremony for its first LNG-powered ship, MSC World Europa.
The 200,000GT ship is scheduled to enter service in June 2022 and be one of most technologically and environmentally advanced LNG-powered cruise vessels in its class.
MSC World Europa will feature a new 50KW demonstrator system that incorporates solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology and use LNG to produce electricity and heat on board – the first time an LNG-powered fuel cell has been used on a cruise ship.
This SOFC solution fuelled by LNG will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by about 30% compared with a conventional LNG engine, with no emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides or fine particles.
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