The 155-foot, 728-guest Silver Ray is Silversea’s second Nova-class ship and is expected to enter service in summer 2024, following sister ship Silver Nova, which is expected to enter service in summer 2023.
The ships of the Nova class will be equipped with dual-fuel LNG engines, energy storage and a 4 MW fuel cell system. The system is the result of a research project by Freudenberg e-Power Systems, Meyer Werft and the Royal Caribbean Group and is intended to cover the ship’s entire hotel load and be locally emission-free in the port.
The ships are expected to achieve an overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 40% per double suite compared to Silversea’s previous class of ships, the Muse Class. In addition, the ship class is expected to achieve an EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) rating that is approximately 25% better than the applicable IMO requirements. The ships will also include a micro-auto gasification system, which will reduce the volume of waste on board and result in lower emissions from combustion.
Barbara Muckermann, President and CEO of Silversea Cruises, described the ships as two of the most sustainable cruise ships ever launched and important milestones on Royal Caribbean Group’s journey to net-zero new construction.
In another first for Silversea, both Nova Class ships will feature an innovative asymmetric design and horizontal layout, with public areas and suites extending the full length of each ship.
Source: News Network
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