MSC Splendida Awared for ECO-Friendly Design

Mike Schuler
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July 14, 2009

MSC Splendida

This past weekend in Barcelona, MSC Cruises rolled out the 10th ship to join their growing fleet – the MSC Splendida.  At 137,936 tons, the MSC Splendida can carry nearly 3,300 passengers and over 1,300 crew at a cruising speed of 24 knots.  Similar to its sister ship the MSC Fantasia, the Splendida is notable for its environmentally friendly design, recently receiving the first Energy Efficient Design label ever awarded by Bureau Veritas.

Didier Chaleat, Senior Vice-President, Bureau Veritas, explained “We are very proud to class this cutting edge vessel, and especially happy that such a fine ship has been the first to achieve the rigorous energy efficiency standards set out in our voluntary Energy Efficient Design scheme.”

The vessel’s propulsion, he said, uses high performance propellers driven by electric motors with frequency converters to optimise power to speed requirements.

The vessel can reach 24 knots with twin 20MW main motors. The reduction of energy consumption of systems and equipment required for the public spaces such as air conditioning includes an automatic system to reduce cooling in case of no occupancy of a cabin, a free cooling system allowing climate control of areas without the ship producing air refrigeration and lighting optimisation with LED lights.

“We estimate the vessel may save more than ten percent of total energy consumption as compared with a more conventional or older vessel of this size,” said Mr Chaleat.


MSC Cruises Fleet List

MSC Splendida Technical Sheet (Download PDF)

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