Swiss-based cruise line MSC Cruises and manufacturer of gas and liquid transfer solutions ARTA have agreed to partner for the development of the LNG bunkering system for MSC Cruises ships.
The two companies aim to set a new standard in LNG bunkering for cruise ships that meets the future requirements of the industry, the cruise line said in its statement. Through their cooperation, the companies say they have developed a resistant double-walled corrugated stainless steel hose intended for transferring LNG to a cruise ship from a bunkering vessel or shore facility.
MSC Cruises’ EUR 9 billion (USD 9.7 billion) investment plans for the construction of eleven new next-generation cruise ships in the next ten years will include four LNG-powered cruise ships of the World Class.
This follows a letter of intent signed between MSC Cruises and the STX France shipyard in June 2016 for the construction of up to four LNG-powered cruise ships that will be more than 200 000 GRT. The first two cruise ships will be delivered in 2022 and 2024. To this end, the cruise company has been exploring the market for the most suitable LNG bunkering solution.
Yves Bui, MSC Cruises’ LNG project director, said: "With up to four LNG-powered cruise ships scheduled to join our fleet, we are highly committed to developing the best possible technologies and systems to support the introduction of LNG to cruising."
“In ARTA, we have found a partner that matches our focus on innovation and the best maritime technology at sea and that understands our industry’s specific needs. The result is a system that features a newly developed coupling and decoupling mechanism as well as a double-walled hose that will allow us to conduct bunkering operations without disrupting the activities taking place on board the ship,”Yves added.