The steel-cutting took place at Meyer Werft in Papenburg (Source: Meyer Werft)

Steel-cutting ceremony marks start of Silver Nova construction

Construction of Monaco-based Silversea Cruises’ first ship, Silver Nova, has now begun at Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The hybrid vessel is due for delivery in the summer of 2023.

The LNG-fuelled ship is expected to set new standards of sustainability, with emissions-free operation in port from a combination of fuel cells and batteries. The ship will reduce greenhouse gas emissions per cabin by 40% compared with the previous ‘Muse’ class, Silversea said.

The company’s president and CEO, Roberto Martinoli, commented: “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.

Passengers will be able to experience cruising in the height of luxury. The Silver Nova has the highest space-to-guest ratio – 75gt – of any ship in the Silversea fleet, as well as a 1:1.3 crew-to-guest ratio and butler services for all suites. The 54,700gt vessel will have capacity for 728 passengers.

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
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