“Msc World Europa” delivered: it is the first fuel cell cruise ship

Saint-Nazaire – The Cruise Division of the MSC Group and Chantiers de l’Atlantique celebrated today in Saint-Nazaire the delivery of the “MSC World Europa”, the most advanced and efficient “green” cruise ship in the world.

Fueled by liquefied natural gas, the “World Europa” is the first ship to integrate fuel cell technology, which, together with the use on board of many other advanced ecological solutions, is able to significantly reduce the overall environmental impact of the ship, by almost completely eliminating air pollutant emissions, including sulfur oxides and fine particulates, while dramatically reducing nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 25%.

The delivery ceremony marked an important moment in the long-term collaboration between owner and shipyard, which led to the creation of the largest, most innovative and most environmentally advanced cruise ship in the MSC Cruises fleet.

In addition to immediate progress in reducing emissions and energy efficiency, “World Europa” is paving the way for the adoption of zero-emission synthetic and alternative fuels as soon as they become widely available.


The “MSC World Europa” is the first ship of the new world class and sets new standards for the cruise industry. He is, according to the MSC, “a state-of-the-art urban metropolis at sea that represents the future of the cruise industry, offering a world of different experiences and pushing the limits of what is possible at sea”: Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of the Cruise Division of the MSC Group, says it is “proud to welcome ‘World Europa’, our 26th ship and the first LNG-powered, to the fleet. The unit represents the next phase of our journey towards zero-emission and sustainable cruises, symbolizing our unwavering commitment to this, as well as a breakthrough for our Cruise Division, the entire MSC Group and the cruise industry as a whole, through many innovations from an environmental, technological design and solutions for passengers four years of collaboration between us, Chantiers de l’Atlantique and many leading suppliers in the field of environmental and marine technologies new generation, as well as thousands of hours of training for those who operate on board and in ports. Now more than ever, we need even closer collaboration with suppliers, governments and all stakeholders to continue our investments and take new steps towards the zero emissions future we all want. The innovative technologies developed for our ships can indeed benefit society as a whole, as well as the cruise and shipping industry in general.”

For Laurent Castaing, Managing Director of Chantiers de l’Atlantique, “We have reached a new milestone in the cruise industry with the ‘World Europa’, the largest ship ever built for a European shipowner. She is equipped with all the latest technologies to offer passengers an unprecedented experience. D From a technology standpoint, the unit is equipped with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion system, presenting a new level of performance and efficiency in the cruise industry. This is a significant milestone in the process of reducing emissions, because the “World Europa” is the ship with the lowest emissions in the entire cruise industry”.

The “World Europa” is also the first contemporary cruise ship in the world to have a new solid oxide fuel cell (Sofc) technology powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ship is equipped with a 150 kilowatt Sofc prototype that will use LNG to produce electricity and heat on board very efficiently through an electrochemical reaction.

It will be a test bed to accelerate the development of fuel cell technology for contemporary cruise ships, offering the potential to enable hybrid propulsion solutions in the future: the advantage of being compatible not only with LNG, but also with low and zero carbon content fuels, such as as green methanol, ammonia and hydrogen. In the future, we may also switch to synthetic LNG or other non-carbon-based alternative fuels,” says Linden Coppell, Vice President of Sustainability and ESG at MSC Cruises.

“We chose LNG because it is the cleanest marine fuel currently available, a transition fuel for the supply and use of synthetic LNG or other non-carbon alternative fuels over time. of their large-scale availability”, Vago said.

Compared to standard marine fuels, LNG almost completely eliminates emissions of air pollutants, including sulfur oxides and fine dust, significantly reduces nitrogen oxides and already reduces CO2 by up to 25%. LNG will also enable the development of low-carbon fuels and solutions, such as green hydrogen, synthetic LNG and fuel cells.

In collaboration with the shipyard, the “World Europa” was designed with an innovative hull shape to minimize resistance in the water. The vessel also incorporates a wide range of equipment to optimize energy consumption throughout the vessel.

These include intelligent ventilation systems and advanced air conditioning systems, with automated energy recovery circuits, which enable efficient distribution of heat and cold. The vessel uses LED lighting, controlled by intelligent management systems to further improve the energy saving profile. It will also be equipped with automatic data collection systems for remote energy monitoring and advanced analysis, enabling real-time ground support to optimize onboard operational efficiency.

These advances in efficiency combined with the use of LNG will make it possible to achieve operational performance that exceeds the energy design criteria required by the International Maritime Organization for new ships. The Msc “World Europa” has been designed to achieve performance that is 47% higher than the design energy efficiency index (Eedi) required by legislation.

The “Msc World Europa” is equipped with an advanced wastewater treatment system (AWTS) that meets the highest regulatory requirements in the world, including the so-called Baltic standard.

It treats all waste water produced on board which reaches high standards equal to that of tap water. The ship also includes a state-of-the-art ballast water treatment system that prevents invasive species from entering the marine environment through drains, in accordance with the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention: “We have an entire team dedicated to implementing rigorous waste management protocols by separating waste into seven distinct types, such as glass, aluminum and paper, with specialized equipment to crush or consolidate these types of waste in the ship’s facilities,” says Coppell.

In addition, “World Europa” is equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (Scr) system which reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 90% when LNG is not available and the vessel must run on marine diesel.

As LNG fuel achieves a similar reduction, “World Europa” will always be prepared to meet IMO NOx Tier III emission standards. Like all new MSC Cruises ships, the ship is equipped with shore power, which helps to minimize the use of engines in ports where the necessary infrastructure is available.

The hull and engine room of the MSC “World Europa” were designed to minimize underwater acoustic impact, thereby reducing potential impact on marine mammals in surrounding waters.

With state-of-the-art marine technologies and hospitality services on board, “World Europa” will redefine the cruise experience with an unprecedented offering and creative spaces that are in no way inferior to today’s ships.

The innovative design features a Y-shaped aft structure that leads to the 104-meter long, half-open, half-covered Europa Promenade with ocean views. Balcony staterooms overlook the beautiful boardwalk, which features an architectural centerpiece in the form of The Venom Drop @ The Spiral, an 11-story slide, the longest at sea.

New additions to MSC World Europa include a microbrewery, a gin bar, a healthy juice bar, a coffee shop and a tea house. The ship offers 13 different dining options, including two new specialty restaurants, La Pescaderia, which will feature fresh seafood, and Chef’s Garden Kitchen, which will offer seasonal farm-to-ocean cuisine.

The name of the second world class vessel was also revealed today during a sheet metal cutting ceremony. It will be called “Msc World America” and will be intended for the North American market when it enters service in 2025.

This is further evidence of the company’s commitment to targeting its newest ships to this important cruise market and to providing US customers with a ship and experience tailored to their needs. MSC World America will be the fourth new flagship to deploy to this region.

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