Why Qatar’s MSC Cruise floating hotel is the ‘greenest’ ship in the world – Doha News

MSC Cruises’ newest ship, World Europa, is here to repair the image of an industry tarnished by environmental issues.

MSC World Europa will operate as a floating hotel offering football fans a unique hospitality experience during the World Cup.

It has 33 dining establishments, bars and lounges, each with a unique ambiance and style. These include six specialty restaurants and seven new concept bars and cafes, as well as next-level entertainment options spread across new high-tech venues.

Not only is the ship the largest cruise ship in the company’s fleet, but it’s also the most cutting-edge and environmentally friendly.

In an industry often criticized by environmental activists, it’s a heavy title for a cruise to be labeled the ‘greenest’ in the world, so what made MSC Cruise’s Europa do it? won ?

Doha News spoke with Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Social Governance at MSC Cruises, Linden Coppell, to detail the steps the company has taken to transform its ship to be eco-friendly. the environment.

LNG fueled

Last year the company promised achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, exceeding the current IMO (International Maritime Organization) target of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“This ship, for example, is the largest cruise ship to run on liquefied natural gas LNG,” Coppell told Doha News. Although still a fossil fuel, LNG, Qatar’s biggest export, still burns much cleaner than traditional marine fuels.

Plus, it’s the only marine fuel available to the scale enterprise it needs today. “For our industry, this represents up to 25% less carbon emissions and a significant reduction in local pollutants.”

However, they will not use LNG indefinitely. The LNG-powered vessel paves the way for the adoption of synthetic fuels and other alternative fuels as they become widely available and carbon neutral.

“Once bio or synthetic LNG becomes available, which is basically not made from fossil fuel, then we have the infrastructure in place on ships where we can very easily start using that fuel when it becomes available,” Coppell said.

fuel cell technology

One of the benefits of using LNG is that it allows them to test what they call “fuel cell technology”.

“We have a fuel cell demonstrator on board, and the fuel cell is fundamentally a different way of creating heat and power,” Coppell told Doha News.

Currently, MSC Cruises uses the ship’s engines because they not only move them through the water, but they also provide all the lighting, heating and cooling systems they need for the hotel part of the ship.

MSC World Europa is a state-of-the-art urban metropolis at sea that offers a truly world of experiences while raising the bar for the cruise industry.

It has 22 decks, 215,863 gross tons, a beam of 154 feet, over 430,000 square feet of public space, and 2,626 staterooms.

Water salinization

“Our ship has the ability to create all of its own fresh water needs using seawater,” Coppell said.

The company uses two different types of desalination. “We can use waste heat from the engine as a condensation method to generate fresh water from seawater. And we also use a technology called reverse osmosis.

By combining the two types of desalination, the ship creates all the water it needs “whether for swimming pools, cooking, cleaning or sanitary facilities”.

There are six swimming pools spread throughout the ship.

Before the water returned to sea, Coppell explained that they had to ensure it was clean to a very high standard, so they used their advanced sewage treatment systems on board.

The complete treatment system goes through different stages. “It takes that sewage, cleans it to a very high standard before it’s released into the sea.” The system meets global regulatory requirements for sewage disposal.

Protect marine life

MSC World Europa has been specifically designed to minimize noise and vibration, which aims to reduce the impact of cruising on marine life.

“When we looked at the design of the propellers, as well as the location of the motor and its condition, it’s isolated to minimize that noise and vibration,” Coppell explained.

There is also an underwater radiated noise management system designed to minimize the potential impact of noise and vibration on marine mammals.

Antifouling paint

All MSC Cruises ships have their hulls painted with specialist, environmentally friendly paints called “anti-fouling paints” which inhibit the growth of barnacles, algae and other marine organisms, significantly reducing drag.

“When we go back to the drawing board, we look at the exact shape of the hole to make sure there’s little resistance as it goes through the water. The easier we can navigate our ship through the water, the less energy we need. But we have a lot of microorganisms or growing outside the ship,” Coppell told Doha News.

“What the paint does is it helps prevent these organisms from growing on the hole. So it basically improves the efficiency of the ship as it moves,” she added.

MSC World Europe

MSC World Europa will spend its first season in the Middle East, sailing on seven-day cruises to Dammam, Saudi Arabia; Doha, Qatar; Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates; and Dubai.

On December 20, she will embark on a special 4-night trip from Doha, Qatar to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to kick off her season.

MSC World Europa will sail from Dubai to the Mediterranean Sea for summer 2023 on March 25, 2023.

For those who don’t have the opportunity to try it this season, the cruise ship will offer seven-night voyages that will stop at Valletta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille in France in addition to Italian ports of Genoa, Naples, and Messina.

Since the start of cruise tourism in Qatar, more than 560,000 cruise passengers and 182 stopovers have been received, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker told a press briefing.

He pointed out that, for the 2021-2022 cruise season, Italians made up the majority of the 29 calls that two MSC ships made to the port of Doha.

Baptism ceremony

Just in time for the organization of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar from November 20 to December 18, MSC Cruises celebrated the christening ceremony of its new flagship, MSC World Europa, in the renovated port of Doha.

A long-standing maritime custom, the ship’s official christening ceremony took place in front of the ship’s captain, Captain Marco Massa, and esteemed visitors from around the world.

National figures, including Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, Vice President and CEO of the Qatar Foundation, Akbar Al-Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways Group, and Hassan Al-Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for the Delivery and Legacy, attended the event, which included a traditional maritime ceremony at the Port of Doha.

A state-of-the-art video mapping projection on the ship’s hull, a unique light drone show featuring 600 drones, and a grand fireworks display were all showcased at the event.

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