Silversea Cruises has announced the name of its first ship, the Silver Nova, as well as the start of construction of the ship at Meyer Werft in Papenburg.
The ship is one of two ordered for the luxury brand as part of Project Evolution.
Executives from Silversea and Meyer Werft marked the occasion with a traditional steel cutting ceremony on November 18. The ship, scheduled for delivery in summer 2023, will be the port’s first local emissions-free luxury hybrid cruise ship, according to a press release. .
The company said the Silver Nova is expected to achieve a first in the cruise industry – emission-free local operation in the port using fuel cells and batteries. The Silver Nova will use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the primary fuel. The new hybrid technology not only helps in the port, but will also allow Silver Nova to achieve an overall 40% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions as a result double compared to its previous class of ships (the Muse class ).
“Our Nova Class ships represent a significant investment in unprecedented technological solutions. They support our mission to preserve the planet without compromising on comfort or luxury, ”said Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO of Silversea Cruises. “Silver Nova is the manifestation of Silversea and Royal Caribbean Group’s long-term commitment to sustainability.
“Sustainability is the future of luxury travel and the Silver Nova name is representative of Silversea’s incredible luxury innovation,” added Barbara Muckermann, Commercial Director. “Silversea is already a leader in eco-friendly travel and now, with Silver Nova, we will go even further to meet the expectations of luxury travelers today and tomorrow.”
“We are delighted to begin construction of this innovative vessel and to continue our long partnership with Royal Caribbean Group. This day is very special for us, as it is the first time that a Silversea ship has been built in our shipyard, “adds Bernard Meyer, Managing Director of Meyer Werft.
Long-lasting features of the Silver Nova and all future Nova-class ships include an automatic micro-gasification system, which reduces the volume of waste on board, reducing incineration emissions. In addition, the ship class is also expected to achieve an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) approximately 25% higher than the applicable International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements. Shore power will allow the ship to shut down its main generators in some ports and plug into shore power supplies, the company said.
The vessel will have a capacity of 728 passengers and a gross tonnage of 54,700 tonnes.
Delivery of the Silver Nova is scheduled for summer 2023. Members of the Silversea loyalty program, the Venetian Society and travel counselors will have pre-sale access from December 16, 2021. General sales will open on January 6, 2022 .