The shipping conglomerate plans to build the ships in the next five years for 30-year operations. Fuel flexibility will be vital, says MSC Cruises senior vice president for cost optimisation and process improvements Michele Francioni.
Dual fuel engines
MSC has opted for dual-fuel LNG engines for its next set of newbuildings to reduce emissions during cruise routes and in ports. LNG is the only available fuel at scale and can be replaced with bioLNG in the future, said Mr Francioni.
MSC completed the first zero-emissions cruise with one of its ships operating on bioLNG in northern Europe in 2023.
MSC plans to install larger systems on its new ships during the next newbuilding campaign. New Explorer cruise ships will have LNG dual-fuel propulsion and 6-MW fuel cells to cover the hotel load, said Mr Francioni.
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Source : Riviera