The cruise liner MSC Fantasia, owned by MSC Cruises, has received the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) certificate from Bureau Veritas after being retrofitted with SOx exhaust gas cleaning systems after passing the MARPOL test.
This certifies that the new equipment is fully in line with the EU Marine Equipment Directive requirements.
MSC Fantasia and MSC Preziosa are the first ships in the MSC Cruises fleet to be retrofitted with hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems supplied by Oslo, Norway, headquartered Yara Marine Technologies.
This cutting-edge equipment cleans the ship’s exhaust gases in accordance with the strictest International Maritime Organization’s 0.1% Emission Control Area requirements. It also guarantees compliance with the upcoming 0.5% global sulphur cap requirement that will come into force in 2020.
The project was led by a team from STX France, the yard that originally built the two vessels. The installation of the process equipment was completed with the ship in full operation, while the dry dock operations, namely the exhaust gas cleaning system installation, were carried out at FINCANTIERI’s shipyard in Palermo.
MSC Preziosa, the second MSC Cruises ship to have undergone this programme, is scheduled for sea trials during the first week of May, aiming to receive its MED certificate by mid-June.