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MEDITERRANEAN MAP - The vast sea area is subdivided into local regions, serving Europe, Africa and the Middle East. When he was younger, one of our volunteers cruised the Mediterranean on a steam ship called the Uganda. It was an unforgettable experience that he hopes others will be able to enjoy, free of the thought of harming the environment, that was not an issue in his day.

 

 


https://www.msccruises.co.uk/

For 2019 MSC offered a seven-night Western
Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona costing from £1,069 per person (020 3426 3010).

Launching in March 2019, the gigantic MSC Bellissima will accommodate up to 5,700 guests, have 10 restaurants, 20 bars and entertainment galore, including Cirque du Soleil shows. It also promises cabins equipped with voice-enabled artificial intelligence devices to answer questions. From spring, it will sail a western
Mediterranean circuit: Barcelona, Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Messina, Malta, Barcelona.

MSC operate 17 cruise ships: Armonia, Bellissima, Divina, Fantasia, Grandiosa, Lirica, Magnifica, Meraviglia, Musica, Opera, Orchestra and the Poesia.

They are all diesel powered vessels. One of the largest operated from 2019, the Bellissima has a speed of 22 knots, can carry 5700 passengers. She is 315m long and 43m wide, weighing 171598 tonnes.

Like her sister ship she is equipped with an exhaust gas scrubber; a wastewater treatment system; smart heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) to recover heat from machinery spaces; LED lighting and smart devices to save energy.

The installed power is 38,400 kilowatts (51,500 hp) via 2 × ABB Azipods driven by 2 × 4T - 12 cylider Wärtsilä 12V46CR or 2 × 4T - 16 cyl Wärtsilä 16V46CR diesel-electric engines.

 

What will 2020 offer and how will MSC cope with the transition to a 40% zero emission fleet by 2030.

 

 

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The Mediterranean is a vast sea, subdivided and interconnected as local seas, providing access to several European (Spain, France, Italy, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Cyprus, Malta) and other countries (Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey) with stunning coastlines and historic destinations via large ports, smaller island harbours and marinas.

 

Cruise operators provide holidays to many of these exotic destinations all of which at the moment rely on diesel heavy oil bunker fuels that are now the subject of IMO MARPOL requirements to lower toxic emissions and eventually to taper off the use of polluting ships with the uptake of less polluting transport, eventually leading to a zero carbon situation by 2100.

 

This presents port authorities and tour operators with several unknowns, and potentially, the need to adapt supporting infrastructure and the vessels that provide such services and generate tourist income, to welcome in the age of sustainable tourism as part of the United Nations' circular economy.

 

Stakeholders need to know what technology is being developed, and to make an informed choice as to infrastructure development needs, to adapt their regions to support incoming and newly emerging technology.

 

 

 

 

At the moment there are four main choices for shipping with zero carbon potential:

 

1. Sails

2. Hydrogen fuel cells

3. Solar

4. Solar & wind power

 

Three of these are climate friendly, with a hydrogen based economy offering less efficient use of renewable energy, but still being zero carbon. Sails take us back to the days of clipper ships, but could be made to be robotic in function. Solar power alone has proven to be a tad on the slow side, and solar and wind power is under development.

 

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

 

Coastal Tourism is based on a unique resource combination at the border of land and sea environments: sun, water, beaches, outstanding scenic views, rich biological diversity (birds, whales, corals etc), sea food and good transportation infrastructure. Sustainable tourism can only be based on renewables and transport that does not harm the environment.

 

 

Zero carbon ferries and cruise liners

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H2020 - Collaborative research proposal to develop rotary sails in conjunction with other innovative advances as a means to provide sustainable tourism and eventually, world shipping with major disruption to ports and harbours. Such development could benefit operators of ferry and cruise services in Europe, who might be looking for a way of continuing to enjoy economic blue growth without adding to global warming.

 

 

LINKS & REFERENCE

 

https://www.pocruises.com/
https://www.princess.com/
https://www.voyagestoantiquity.com/
https://www.oceaniacruises.com/
https://vikingcruises.co.uk/
https://www.silversea.com/
https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/
https://www.msccruises.co.uk/

https://www.celestyalcruises.uk/en-uk

https://www.azamaraclubcruises.co.uk/

 

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