MSC Euribia is the final evolution of the Meraviglia class and the second ship for MSC Cruises to be powered by LNG.
The ship boasts a range of latest environmental technology, including advanced onboard wastewater treatment systems and waste management handling. She has also been designed with the future in mind, allowing her to easily incorporate future innovations in sustainability, such as carbon-neutral synthetic and other alternative fuels as soon as they are available at scale.
Greenhouse gas emissions
When in service, the vessel will emit up to 19% less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per passenger per day than her sisterships that use conventional marine fuels. This amounts to 44% less GHG per passenger per day than ships built ten years ago.
Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of the cruise division of MSC Group, said: ''With the delivery of MSC Euribia, we have taken yet another huge step towards our net zero GHG emissions goal. Alongside her many best-in-class environmental innovations, MSC Euribia features a truly groundbreaking energy efficient design that will deliver huge reduction in GHG emissions throughout her lifetime.
‘Often the focus of decarbonisation is solely on supply side measures, and although they are an important part of the energy transition, we must not forget the essential role that energy efficiency will play in reducing energy demand today. The cleanest energy is the energy that we don’t use and MSC Euribia has been constructed with this principle at its heart.’
Laurent Castaing, general manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique added, ‘I am very proud of the strength of the relationship between MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique. This fifth and last ship of the Meraviglia class marks the conclusion of what is already a very efficient series and the continuation of our common environmentally innovative projects.’
Future in mind
Vago said, ‘It’s important to us that our ships being built today are ready to accommodate the new sustainable fuels that are on the horizon. We also want to ensure they can easily be retrofitted with new technology and new efficiencies that will help deliver net zero greenhouse gas emissions. This is a ship truly built with the future in mind.’
Coin ceremony for MSC World America
The coin ceremony for the third LNG-powered ship in MSC Cruises fleet and first to be based in the US, MSC World America, also took place Wednesday at the yard.
Due in 2025, it will feature many of the environmental innovations present on MSC Euribia, which is set to make her first net zero GHG emissions cruise voyage next week, plus additional ones like technology to virtually eliminate methane slip from LNG when in operation.
The two godmothers for the traditional maritime ceremony were MSC Cruise Division's Silvia Turbia and Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s Séverine Blandin.