June 22, 2022 - One week after the start of production of Mein Schiff 7, TUI Cruises is setting another example for the expansion of the fleet. In San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy, Wybcke Meier, CEO of TUI Cruises, has completed the first steel cutting for the first of two identical cruise ships for the Mein Schiff fleet. The ships, measured at around 166.000 GT, are being built by the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone near Trieste.
According to previous plans, the two new buildings will go into service in 2024 and 2026. The ships, measured at 166.000 GT, are significantly larger than the newbuild that was last put into service Mein Schiff 2. This has a gross tonnage of around 111.500. Details about the ship are not yet available. TUI Cruises promises this much: The passenger-space ratio remains generous, as has been proven. The same applies to the percentage of balcony cabins in the total number of cabins.
Steel cutting procedure at Fincantieri, on the right CEO Meier - photo © TUI Cruises
As can be heard, the project for this new class of ship is making a contribution to the ecological change in the cruise industry. The new building runs on liquid gas. In the future, low-emission and climate-friendly bio- and E-LNG will also be available for operating the ship. Furthermore, the ship is equipped with improved catalytic converters and shore power connection. Shore power connections allow almost zero-emission ship operation in cruise ships while they are in port. The idle times in the ports are generally estimated at almost 40 percent of the operating time. In order to achieve more efficient waste processing, the previously nameless ship will be equipped with a future-oriented system. Organic waste undergoes thermal treatment. In the course of the process, waste is shredded and prepared for further use on land.
Ms. Meier explained that investing in LPG-powered ships is an important milestone on the way to zero-emission and climate-neutral cruises. LNG serves as a bridging technology. In the future, TUI Cruises will use BIO LNG, which is generated either from biogenic sources or synthetically from renewable energy. TUI Cruises aims to offer the first climate-neutral cruises by 2030. One of the most modern and environmentally friendly cruise fleets in the world is already available today.
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