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MSC SPLENDIDA

July 12, 2009

MSC Splendida first ship to gain BV Energy Efficient Design label

Bureau Veritas has awarded its first Energy Efficient Design label to the new 3,952-passenger cruise vessel MSC Splendida. Just delivered to MSC from STX Europe's St Nazaire yard in France, MSC Splendida will be the flagship of the MSC Cruises fleet.

Didier Chaleat, Senior Vice-President, Bureau Veritas, says, "We are very proud to class this cutting edge vessel, and especially happy that such a fine ship has been the first to achieve the rigorous energy efficiency standards set out in our voluntary Energy Efficient Design scheme. This covers the design of hull and appendices for maximum fuel efficiency, energy saving devices for energy production using the latest generation diesel generators and propulsion using high performance propellers driven by electric motors with frequency converters to optimize power to speed requirements. The vessel can reach 24 knots with twin 20 MW main motors. The reduction of energy consumption of systems and equipment required for the public spaces such as air conditioning includes an automatic system to reduce cooling in case of no occupancy of a cabin, a free cooling system allowing climate control of areas without the ship producing air refrigeration and lighting optimization with LED lights. There is an advanced Passenger Cabin Monitoring system to most efficiently manage the passenger cabin air conditioning which takes into account when the balcony door is open or cabin card not in place. Low consumption bulbs are fitted in the cabins."

According to Mr. Chaleat, the vessel may save more than 10 percent of total energy consumption as compared to a more conventional vessel of its size---without any compromise on speed, comfort or hygiene.

MSC Splendida is only the second vessel (after MSC Fantasia) to be awarded Bureau Veritas's Six Golden Pearls integrated voluntary scheme certifying corporate compliance with the three highest international standards in the areas of environment (ISO 14001), health and safety (OHSAS 18001) and food safety (ISO 22000) and the additional notation for the vessel Cleanship 2, covering systems that limit emissions to the air and water and waste handling.


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