Construction Underway for 1st Nova Class Cruise Ship


Monaco-based cruise line Silversea Cruises says German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has started construction of its first LNG-powered cruise ship Silver Nova, reports Offshore Energy.

First hybrid, luxury cruise ship

Silver Nova belongs to a newbuild project known as Project Evolution. The vessel will be the first hybrid, luxury cruise ship free of local emissions at port.

Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg has started the ship’s construction. Executives from both Silversea and Meyer Werft marked the occasion with a traditional steel-cutting ceremony held on 18 November.

In addition to the LNG engines, the 4-megawatt fuel cell system will be the first major installation of its kind, the shipyard said. In addition, Silver Nova is the first in the future line of Nova class ships.

40% reduction in GHG emissions

Sustainable features of all the Nova class ships include a micro auto gasification system, resulting in lower incineration emissions.

The ship class will also achieve an EEDI rating of approximately 25 per cent better than applicable IMO requirements. Shore power will allow the ship to shut down its main generators at ports and plug into the onshore energy supply, thereby cutting onboard local emissions to zero.

Overall, the ship is to achieve a 40 per cent reduction in its GHG emissions. This is in comparison to its previous class of ships (the Muse class).

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Source: Offshore Energy


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