Explora Journeys: Order for 2 Hydrogen-Powered Ships

MSC Group’s Cruise Division has confirmed an order for two hydrogen-powered ships for its luxury brand, Explora Journeys, as part of its commitment to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The ships, Explora V and Explora VI, are scheduled to be delivered in 2027 and 2028, respectively, and will feature innovative energy efficiency systems. Additionally, alternative fuel options such as bio-synthetic gas and methanol will be explored. In collaboration with Fincantieri, the Cruise Division will examine the feasibility of equipping both ships with the latest battery technology, along with a range of potential technological solutions, including carbon capture and advanced waste management systems.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman – Cruise Division of the group, expressed enthusiasm, stating that “together with Fincantieri, with Explora V and VI, we will seek to develop and implement new solutions, including the adoption of large hydrogen fuel cells and carbon dioxide capture, pyrolysis for waste management, and other new energy-efficient technologies that could represent a significant step forward in our commitment to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

The shipyard’s collaboration with MSC has further solidified its commitment to technological research and environmentally friendly approaches, resulting in increasingly efficient and eco-friendly vessels. Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of Fincantieri, highlighted “the significance of the partnership with MSC, which constitutes a major strategic stimulus for the future, aligning with the technological development goals set out in our new industrial plan.”

The two new ships will use liquid hydrogen with fuel cells for hotel operations while docked, eliminating carbon emissions when engines are off. They will also be equipped with a new generation of liquefied natural gas engines that further address the issue of methane slip through containment systems.

All six vessels in the Explora Journeys fleet will be equipped with state-of-the-art marine and environmental technologies. They will feature advanced selective catalytic reduction systems, allowing for a drastic reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 90%. Additionally, they will have access to shore-based plug-in connections to reduce emissions while docked in ports. To safeguard marine life, they will be equipped with subsea noise management systems. Furthermore, they will be outfitted with a wide range of highly energy-efficient onboard devices, optimizing engine use and further reducing environmental impact.

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Giorgia Lombardo