MSC Announces Two Hydrogen-Powered Ships for Explora

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Courtesy of Explora Journeys

MSC Group today confirmed firm orders for two hydrogen-powered vessels for its luxury travel brand Explora Journeys and will continue its push towards a net zero-carbon emissions target by 2050 by investigating additional new and advanced environmental technologies for the luxury vessels.

The company said that Explora V and Explora VI will have new state-of-the-art energy efficiency measures and will also be capable of using alternative fuels such as bio and synthetic gas and methanol.  The Cruise Division will work in the future to equip the ships with future technologies including carbon capture and more advanced waste management systems.

The two confirmed additions to Explora Journeys’ fleet will be delivered in 2027 and 2028.

The two new ships will pursue the use of liquid hydrogen with fuel cells for their hotel operations while docked in ports to eliminate carbon emissions with the vessels’ engines switched off.

The ships will also feature a new generation of LNG engines that will further address the issue of methane slip with the use of containment systems.

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