Cruise ship operator MSC Cruises has three Meraviglia-class ships under construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire and the cruise company claims to have fitted the latest environmental technologies available. This includes BIO-UV’s BIO-SEA B02-0300 skid-mounted unit capable of treating ballast water flows of 300 m3/h.
The BIO-SEA skid-mounted unit also features an embedded power management cabinet for ease of operation.
Similar units will be supplied for two new Meraviglia-class vessels, of which the most recent, MSC Bellissima, has just been delivered.
In total, four Meraviglia-class cruise ships will operate the BIO-SEA system.
BIO-UV Group’s president and chief executive Benoît Gillmann 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 cruise ships. When the first 200,000 gt world-class vessel enters service in 2022, it will be the largest cruise ship in the MSC fleet.”
BIO-UV Group’s BIO-SEA business director Xavier Deval said “MSC Cruises has selected 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.”
MSC Bellissima was the fourth ship to join MSC Cruises’ fleet in less than two years and is part of MSC Cruises’ newbuild programme, with another 13 next-generation cruise ships due to join its fleet by 2027.
These include four world-class mega cruise ships capable of welcoming nearly 7,000 guests and four smaller ships that will serve the ultra-luxury segment.