Last month, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) completed its almost $200 mill, multi-year investment in exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) on some of its ships across its fleet brands.
This was achieved with the successful commissioning of EGCS on board ‘Norwegian Breakaway’ (pictured at Damen Brest) and ‘Norwegian Getaway’.
The new EGCS are aimed at improving the ships’ environmental footprint by significantly reducing emissions, including sulphur oxides and particulate matter, and improving air quality.
NCLH claimed that investments in technology, such as EGCS, are an integral part of the company’s long-term climate action strategy and it is committed to continually exploring additional avenues to further reduce its footprint and protect and preserve the environment.
“We are pleased to announce that our ambitious multi-year investment to install exhaust gas cleaning systems on our ships has concluded with the successful completion of EGCS retrofits on the ‘Norwegian Breakaway’ and ‘Norwegian Getaway’,” said Frank Del Rio, NCLH’s President and CEO.
“We took the opportunity during the COVID-19 pandemic related voyage suspension to accelerate installations on existing ships and complete this project nearly two years ahead of schedule.
“Approximately 70% of our operational capacity, or 13 ships, are now equipped with this innovative environmental technology and all but one ship is equipped with a hybrid system, which can operate in closed or open loop. The EGCS project is just one of many examples of our ongoing commitment to protect and preserve the environment through our global sustainability program, Sail & Sustain, and we will continue to invest in this critical mission,” he said.
“Protecting the environment is vital to our business and we continually seek and invest in new, cutting-edge technologies and innovations, like exhaust gas cleaning systems, to reduce our environmental impact,” added Giovanni Canu, NCLH’s Vice President Special Projects and Operational Support.
“This incredible feat began with our first EGCS retrofit in early 2014 and would not have been possible without the help and support of our world-class team and the numerous external partners who came together on this project.
“Retrofitting for each ship required approximately 280,000 man hours to complete and we want to thank each individual who contributed to the success of this important environmental achievement for Norwegian,” he said.
The company has completed EGCS installations on 13 NCL operated ships, which represent about 70% of its operational capacity.
As a result of the installations, the company expects its normalised fuel consumption mix will now be around 50% heavy fuel oil (HFO) and 50% MGO this year.