Meyer Werft has handed over ‘Silver Nova’ to Silversea Cruises.
Thanks to an innovative fuel concept, ‘Silver Nova’ is one of the world’s most environmentally friendly cruise ships.
Before the handover in Eemshaven, near Delfzijl, during technical and nautical sea trials, the cruise ship successfully completed extensive tests.
Built at Papenburg, the ship is 243 m long, 30 m wide and can accommodate 728 pax.
“We are very pleased to once again deliver a ship that will set new standards on the way to climate-neutral cruising. With the propulsion system, a combination of LNG, fuel cell system and batteries, the ship has the best possible measures to reduce emissions,” said Jan Meyer, Meyer Werft’s Managing Director.
A fuel cell system will be used on board to supplement the LNG powered propulsion units and it will also be able to supply the entire hotel operation.
By using fuel cells, emissions when berthed are thus completely avoided. In addition, a battery system increases the overall efficiency of the ship by absorbing peak loads, thus significantly reducing fuel consumption.
A newly developed micro auto gasification system (MAGS) converts waste on board into thermal energy, further increasing the vessel’s efficiency.
‘Silver Nova’ represents the next generation of Silversea’s luxury offering, with the largest choice of bars, restaurants, and lounges in ultra-luxury cruising; some of the most spacious guest suites at sea; and a range of innovative features,—including an asymmetrical design and horizontal layout, Meyer Werft claimed.
Silver Nova is fitted with 364 suites across 13 categories—the most suite categories offered by Silversea—including a new generation of premium suites located aft.
In addition, ‘Carnival Jubilee’, was due to be floated out of Papenburg’s covered building dock II (Hall 6) on 21st July to berth at the shipyard’s fitting out pier.
A day later, she was due to briefly cast off from the pier to conduct various tests on her bow thrusters and stabilisers.
‘Carnival Jubilee’ is the first cruise ship built in Germany for Carnival Cruise Line (CCL).
For the Meyer Group, she represents the third ‘Excel’ class ship: as Meyer Turku in Finland delivered the ‘Excel class’ ‘Mardi Gras’ in 2020, followed by ‘Carnival Celebration’ in 2022.
All three ships are equipped with low-emission LNG propulsion units.
‘Carnival Jubilee’ is scheduled to be delivered at the end of this year. CCL will then deploy the ship on Caribbean cruises based out of Galveston, Texas.