MSC Cruises today took delivery of MSC Grandiosa (here is our preview from on board the ship) from Chantiers de l’Atlantique, one of the world leaders in cruise ship construction.
The delivery ceremony of MSC Cruises’ newest flagship and one of the most environmentally-advanced ships at sea yet took place in the presence of Gianluigi Aponte, MSC Group Chairman and his daughter Alexa Aponte, ship’s Godmother and MSC Group CFO.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, said: “MSC Cruises has since its inception embraced a commitment to environmental stewardship and ways to minimise and continuously reduce our environmental footprint both at sea and ashore with the use of innovative, leading-edge and effective technologies across our entire fleet. With each new ship we raise the bar of environmental performance and our ultimate goal is zero emissions operations. MSC Grandiosa moves us another significant step forward in that genuine ambition.
MSC Grandiosa is MSC Cruises’ most-environmentally-advanced ship at sea yet and testament to the Company’s long-standing commitment to protect the seas and respect the communities that it touches. The ship is highly equipped with advanced cutting-edge technologies geared to ensure ever cleaner air emissions and improved overall environmental performance both while at sea and ashore.
In addition to a hybrid ‘closed-loop’ exhaust gas cleaning system (here is our article about the scrubber system) which reduces ship sulphur emissions by 97 per cent, MSC Grandiosa will also be the first MSC Cruises’ ship to feature a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system which helps reduce nitrogen oxide by 80 per cent. All other MSC Cruises ships currently under construction will feature the SCR technology including MSC Grandiosa’s sister ship, MSC Virtuosa, due to come into service in October 2020, as well as MSC Seashore, currently under construction at a different shipyard. This active emissions control technology conducts nitrogen oxide from the engine operations through a catalyst – a high-density device made from noble metals – and converts them into harmless nitrogen and water.
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