Meyer Group Presents The Concept Of “Future Cruise Ship”

With two cutting-edge ships, the MEYER Group is demonstrating its technological dominance in cruise ship construction. The MEYER Group unveiled a concept of what vacationing on a cruise ship could look like in 2100 at the premier cruise industry trade show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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MEYER WERFT will hand over the Silver Nova to Silversea Cruises this year, a vessel redefining technology and design.

Furthermore, MEYER TURKU is building two forward-thinking cruise ships: Icon of the Seas for Royal Caribbean International, which will raise the bar for onboard entertainment, and Mein Schiff 7 for TUI Cruises, which will be one of the first to run on green methanol and be nearly climate-neutral.

The Silver Nova has a ground-breaking fuel concept that uses low-emission LNG, a fuel cell system and batteries to reduce emissions.

Following extensive research and development collaboration between MEYER Group and Freudenberg, it is expected that every component of the fuel cell system will pass all extreme temperature safety tests and receive classification society certification.

The multi-year research project aims to create a massive maritime fuel cell system to power Royal Caribbean Group’s Nova-class ships. When finished, the fuel cell system will be able to meet a ship’s entire hotel load.

In the Energy Efficiency Design Index, the new building already exceeds the IMO’s highest requirements, which will only apply in the future by 25%. (EEDI). In the spirit of the circular economy, a newly developed Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS) converts waste on board into thermal energy, increasing the ship’s efficiency even further.

Nova-class ships will feature a horizontal layout and innovative asymmetrical design for the first time at Silversea, with public spaces and suites extending the ship’s entire length. The large expanses of glass on board allow guests to experience the unprecedented openness of the ship to the water and destinations.

The “Reverse” concept – a MEYER Group concept that shows what a cruise ship could look like in the year 2100 – is externally inspired by the rock penguin and, thus, particularly aerodynamic.

The ship’s central public areas are the focal point inside, with a closed glass facade, urban gardening areas, and drone landing pads.

“The ship is based on global megatrends and is one logical response to them, but not the only one,” says Tim Krug, Head of Concept Development Group at MEYER Group.

“For example, we have only provided for small restaurant areas that serve more as social gathering places because we anticipate that a large portion of the nutrients will be consumed in concentrated form, such as pills,” Krug adds.

“From today’s perspective, we sometimes come up with extreme approaches, but it’s just as important to think them through and develop solutions from them.”

The energy concept on board is also innovative: it avoids using fossil fuels by utilising wave energy via horizontal wings on the hull, solar and fuel cells, and wind energy.

This is great news because it brings them closer to their goal of developing an innovative and sustainable energy source for ships.

Reference: Planet Attractions, The Maritime Economy

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