The Cruise Division of MSC Group, Fincantieri and Snam, today (26th July) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly determine the conditions for designing and constructing the world’s first oceangoing hydrogen-powered cruise ship.
The partners will study critical factors related to developing oceangoing hydrogen-powered cruise ships over the next twelve months. They will work on various aspects such as arranging ship spaces to accommodate H2 technologies and fuel cells, technical parameters of onboard systems, calculating the potential greenhouse gas emissions savings, and technical and economic analysis of hydrogen supply and infrastructure.
The partners will assess the feasibility of designing and building the world’s first hydrogen-powered oceangoing cruise ship and the development of the related hydrogen bunkering infrastructure.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, said, “With this project, we’re taking the lead to bring this promising technology to our fleet and the industry while sending the strongest possible signal to the market about how seriously we take our environmental commitments.”
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said, “Every opportunity for new solutions and technologies is a source of growth for us. This one allows us to offer our customers the best of innovation to help minimise the environmental impact.”
Marco Alverà, Snam’s CEO, said, “This agreement for us is part of a wider strategy to leverage our experience, competencies and technologies in green gases and energy efficiency to contribute to the full decarbonisation of the shipping value chain, including ports and logistics, which will be increasingly crucial in our economies.”