Europa 2 is first cruise ship to gain EEDI certification

NOVEMBER 1, 2013 — Hapag-Lloyd cruises Europa 2, delivered earlier this year by STX France, is the first cruise ship to gain EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) certification.

"The Europa 2's independent certification shows that the CO2 emissions produced by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' new ship are substantially lower than the average for the industry's global fleet currently in service. In fact, it emits 31 per cent less CO2 than other cruise ships of a similar size," said Dr Jörg Lampe, a Systems Engineering and Risk Management specialist at Germanischer Lloyd, which awarded the certicate.

"The Europa 2 does not only set the highest, 5-star-plus standards in terms of its design, accommodation and dining facilities, its technical features are also first rate, ensuring that resources are conserved as much as possible," said Karl Pojer, Chief Executive of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

The cruise line says that state-of-the-art environmental technology and the associated conservation of resources played an important role during the development of the Europa 2. For instance, the luxury vessel is also the world's first cruise ship to be fitted with an SCR catalytic converter, which reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95 per cent. An optimized hull and water treatment technology which fulfils the highest industry standards also ensure that resources are used sparingly.