The inauguration of MSC Cruises’ newest flagship, MSC Seaview is just a few days away with excitement building among cruise guests, travel agent partners, port officials and the broader industry. A team of nearly 4,000 are working 24/7 around the clock at the Fincantieri shipyard, putting the final touches on MSC Seaview, the third next-generation MSC Cruises ship to come into service in a matter of only 12 months. To kick off the final countdown to the inauguration, MSC Cruises today revealed some of the award-winning environmentally-friendly features on MSC Seaview.
As one of the most innovative ships at sea, MSC Seaview will feature the latest and most modern environmental technology. These on board innovations will not only comply with the highest international standards but also receive the “Green Star 3 Design” recognition from certification organization, RINA. RINA’s Green Star 3 — the latest and most comprehensive of RINA’s Green STAR class notations – applauds excellence and attention to detail during design and construction. Specifically, the certification recognizes that MSC Seaview reaches the highest levels of eco-compatibility thanks to operational measures to help reduce the ship’s environmental footprint. These include the exhaust gas cleaning system, advanced waste water treatment, systems for the prevention of oil discharge from machinery spaces, ballast water treatment system, and the ship’s Environmental Management Plan.
Overview of the environmental technology and innovations on board MSC Seaview include:
Energy-efficient hull and overall design: For the Seaside Class, of which MSC Seaview is the second ship to come into service, MSC Cruises redefined the hull design, and rethought the ship’s overall distribution of deck space and weight distribution. The ship’s overall design, the hull, the rudder and the bulbous bow are configured to reach optimal hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, and maximize energy and fuel efficiency.
Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) to minimize sulphur and particulate matter emissions: Developed for MSC Seaview by Wartsilä, the EGCS removes up to 97.1% of sulphur dioxide emissions, and greatly reduces particulate matter. In order to meet or exceed increasingly high environmental standards, and to support the Company’s environmental objectives, all next-generation MSC Cruises ships come into service already equipped with an EGCS. In addition, ships from the existing fleet are being retrofitted with EGCS technology. By the end of 2020, 13 out of 18 ships in the MSC Cruises fleet will be equipped with an EGCS.
Shore-to-ship power: MSC Seaview, along with all MSC Cruises ships coming into service since 2017, is already equipped to receive shoreside power in a “cold ironing” method which allows cruise ships at berth to connect to the local power grid. Additionally, MSC Cruises ships delivered since 2006 — including the Fantasia Class and Musica Class — are equipped with a cubicle suitable to receive breakers dedicated to the shore connection. With this technology in place, MSC Cruises is already equipping its ships with the technology that can potentially help reduce air emissions in port areas, as port authorities around the world are studying and just beginning to invest in “cold ironing.”
Ballast water treatment system: To protect the marine ecosystem in which the ship sails, MSC Seaview is fitted with a ballast water treatment system that complies with standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), an international governing body for Ballast Water Management.
Shipboard Environmental Management: Every ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet has an environmental management plan and employs a dedicated Environmental Officer to make sure the plan is continuously monitored and correctly executed. This Officer also instructs and trains crew members about environmental and waste management.
Advanced waste water treatment: MSC Seaview is equipped with an advanced waste water treatment system which goes above and beyond regulatory standards. The system by Wartsilä/Hamworthy treats waste water to a very high quality and processes it even further through very fine filtration processes. The end product is high-quality effluent that is of a better standard than most shoreside municipal waste standards around the world. The ship is also equipped with an electronic tool which assists in fully complying with various other local and regional environmental regulations.
Trim Optimization: MSC Seaview is equipped with a software application to monitor and optimize trim in real-time. This technology supports ship officers in keeping the vessel’s trim optimized to reduce fuel consumption and optimize performance.
Energy-saving LED lighting: MSC Seaview and other MSC Cruises ships use only energy efficient LED and fluorescent lighting.
Smart heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC): This is one of the biggest consumers of energy on a cruise ship, but the system on board MSC Seaview employs a smart design to reduce energy consumption. It intelligently distributes heat and cold and is set up to recover heat, for example, from the laundry room, which can be used to warm up the swimming pools or other parts of the ship.
MSC Seaview is the third ship to be built under MSC Cruises’ ten-year, EUR 10.5 billion (USD $12.4 billion) investment plan which has already resulted in the completion of two out of 12 next-generation ships: MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside in May 2017 and November 2017 respectively.
MSC Seaview is the second ship in the Seaside Class and, like her sister ship MSC Seaside, is pushing the boundaries of innovative ship building and design. At 153,516 GRT and with a total guest capacity of 5,331 (4,132 based on double occupancy), she is the third newly-built next-generation mega cruise ship in the MSC Cruises fleet to come into service in the last year, and the second to be built by Fincantieri.