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VIDEO: First Meraviglia-Plus Class Ship Completes Sea Trials

By ,   September 3, 2019 ,   Cruise Industry

MSC Cruises first Meraviglia-Plus class liner MSC Grandiosa successfully completed the 3-day sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean (August 28-31).

MSC's newest cruise vessel will receive its finishing touches at Chantiers de l’Atlantique Shipyard (St Nazaire, France) prior to its official delivery to the shipowner company planned for October 31.

One of world's largest passenger liners (a GT of 181,000 tons), the ship has max passenger capacity 5772, boasts some of the latest marine technologies and is ranked among the world's most efficient and environmentally clean passenger vessels. Grandiosa is equipped with a couple of important technological innovations, such as a selective catalytic reduction system that is due to decrease nitrogen oxide emissions by 90% and transform it into pure water and nitrogen. The liner is also equipped with a state-of-the-art advanced wastewater treatment system which is due to lead to nearly zero impact on discharges as well as allow her to operate in delicate environments like the Baltic Sea and Alaska USA.

The environmental features add to effective technologies deployed on Grandiosa to further reduce the environmental impact including systems for the prevention of oil discharge from machinery spaces, a cutting-edge exhaust gas cleaning system, a ballast water treatment system as well as a variety of energy-saving improvements like LED lighting and heat recovery systems.

The official christening ceremony for MSC Grandiosa is scheduled to take place on November 9 in Hamburg ahead of an inaugural Western Mediterranean season with maiden calls from the ship's Genoa homeport to Civitavecchia, Barcelona, Palermo, Valletta, and Marseilles.