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Friday, December 3, 2021 

Ultra-luxury travel brand Silversea Cruises has announced the commencement of construction at Meyer Werft in Papenburg of the 'Silver Nova' which the company says will be the first hybrid, luxury cruise ship free of local emissions in port.

Silver Nova and future Nova class ships are considered to offer travellers an ultra-luxurious experience while simultaneously protecting the destinations it visits and the communities it serves. With its hybrid power sources, Silver Nova is expected to achieve local emission-free operation in port by using fuel cells and batteries, thought to be a cruise industry first. Silver Nova will use LNG as its main fuel, which will contribute to an expected 40% overall reduction in GHG emissions per double suite when compared to Silversea's previous Muse class of vessels.

Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO, Silversea Cruises, said: “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. Silver Nova is the manifestation of Silversea and Royal Caribbean Group’s long-term commitment to sustainability.”

"We are delighted to begin the construction of this innovative ship and to continue our long partnership with Royal Caribbean Group. This day is a very special one for us, as it is the first time that a Silversea ship is being built at our shipyard," said Bernard Meyer, MD Meyer Werft.

Sustainable features of Silver Nova and all future Nova class ships include a micro auto gasification system, which reduces onboard waste volume, resulting in lower incineration emissions. In addition, the ship class is projected to achieve an EEDI rating of approximately 25% better than applicable IMO requirements. Shore power will allow the ship to shut down its main generators at select ports and plug into the onshore energy supply, thereby cutting onboard local emissions to zero. Overall, the hydrodynamic ship design and optimised technology help lessen the ship’s impact on the environment.

Silver Nova will have a capacity of 728 guests and a gross tonnage of 54,700 t. The ship is scheduled for delivery in summer 2023.

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