TECHNOLOGY group Wärtsilä is to supply Chantiers de l‘Atlantique, France, a series of solutions aimed at support and enhance the efficiency and environmental sustainability of two cruise vessels being built for Switzerland-based MSC Cruises.

The ships are to operate on clean burning LNG fuel, and with optimal environmental performance.

The cruise industry’s profile in general is said to be geared towards sustainability.

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Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision, whereby high levels of digitalisation and connectivity are utilised to deliver greater efficiencies and better environmental performance, strongly supports this trend.

“The focus of our solutions is on reducing energy and fuel consumption in order to promote efficiency,” said Stefan Nysjö, vice president, marine power solutions, Wärtsilä

“At the same time, our nitrogen oxide reduction and LNG solutions enhance environmental sustainability, which together with the higher efficiency, is very much in line with Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine strategy.”

The steel cutting ceremony for the first of the two vessels, the MSC Europa was held at Chantiers de l‘Atlantique in the end of October.

It is scheduled to be launched in May 2022.

Delivery of the second World Class vessel is scheduled for 2024. MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately held cruise operator, and these two new ships are to operate worldwide.

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