MSC Grandiosa will enter service on 31 October 2019 (Image: MSC Cruises)
MSC Grandiosa is to be the first MSC Cruises ship to feature next-generation selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and advanced wastewater treatment (AWT) systems when she enters service on 31 October 2019.
The ship’s SCR system will use advanced active emissions control technology to cut nitrogen oxide emissions from engine operations by 90%. Emissions will be passed through a high-density device made from noble metals to convert the nitrogen oxides into their harmless compounds, nitrogen and water.
Meanwhile, the AWT system will use a comprehensive purification process to filter wastewater from MSC Grandiosa to give it near tap-water quality. The system meets the so-called ‘Baltic Standard’.
MSC Grandiosa will also feature several other green technologies that have already been deployed on MSC Cruises’ other ships, including systems for exhaust gas cleaning, advanced waste management, ballast water treatment and preventing oil discharges from machinery spaces.
Together, these technologies will enable MSC Grandiosa to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s strictest environmental standards and sail in sensitive environments such as the Baltic Sea and Alaska. As with all MSC Cruises ships that have launched since 2017, MSC Grandiosa will also be equipped with shore-to-ship power technology to enable her to connect to local power grids while in port and further reduce her air emissions.
MSC Grandiosa, which will be christened in Hamburg, Germany on 9 November, is the line’s third Meraviglia-class vessel and the first of three Meraviglia-Plus ships. She will also be the fifth new ship to join the fleet in the past 30 months as part of MSC Cruises’ plan to build 17 innovative and green cruise ships between 2017 and 2027.
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