Bio-UV Group has won a contract to supply its Bio-Sea ballast water treatment system for installation aboard the two LNG-fueled World Cass cruise ships currently under construction for MSC Cruises at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard at St. Nazaire, France.
The systems will be the fifth and sixth ordered from Bio-UV by MSC. The contract includes options for systems for two more World Class vessels.
Each World Class ship will be fitted with one Bio-Sea B02-0300 skid-mounted unit capable of treating ballast water flows of 300 cu.m/h. The Bio-Sea skids will also feature an embedded power management cabinet for ease of operation.
Similar units will be supplied for installation on two new MSC Cruises Meraviglia-class vessels, of which the most recent, MSC Bellissima, has just been delivered. In total four Meraviglia-class cruise ships operate the Bio-Sea system.
Benoît Gillmann, Bio-UV Group’s President and CEO, said: “We are delighted that MSC Cruises has again selected Bio-Sea for treating the ballast water aboard its new cruise ships. The order follows the success of the installation and operation of similar units aboard MSC’s Meraviglia-class of cruiseships. When the first 200,000 gt Worldclass vessel enters service in 2022, it will be the largest cruiseship in the MSC fleet.”
Another cruise ship owner opting for the Bio-Sea technology is Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruises. A 250 cu.m/h flow rate capacity Bio-Sea unit has been selected for an additional three Edge-class vessels, building at Chantiers de l’Atlantique. One unit is already in service aboard Celebrity Edge.
Xavier Deval, Bio-UV Group’s Bio-Sea Business Director, said: “MSC Cruises and RCCL have selected the Bio-Sea technology for its proven performance and user-friendly interface. Bio-Sea has the shortest holding time at full flow of any ballast water treatment system in the market. This is of primary importance for cruise ships as they visit a new port every day and consequently carry out ballasting/deballasting operations frequently.”