Meyer Turku Initiates Work on Methanol Ready Cruise Ship for TUI Cruises

The work on the methanol-ready cruise ship, the MEIN SCHIFF 7, began in the Meyer Turku shipyard, Finland. The steel cutting ceremony took place on 14th June. The vessels will currently run on low-emission marine diesel, but changes in its design are being made for it to be methanol-ready in the future.

The MEIN SCHIFF 7 will be the latest addition to the fleet of TUI Cruises and is the last ship in its series. This vessel will be 111,500 gross tons and will be delivered in 2024. No information has been released as to the specifics of the changes being made to the propulsion system that will make it ready for methanol. The vessel will be equipped with catalytic converters and a shore power connection. This will allow the ship to have zero emissions when docked at ports, which will be about 40% of the operational time of the vessel. The MEIN SCHIFF 7 will be structurally identical to its sister ships, the MEIN SCHIFF 1 delivered in 2018 and the MEIN SCHIFF 2 delivered in 2019.

The vessel will also include the regular assortment of facilities typical of cruises, such as a large selection of restaurants and bars, outdoor areas, an arena with a sports court, climbing walls, a gym, and a pool. TUI Cruises CEO; Wybcke Meier stated that the ship will be an important milestone in their efforts to provide the first climate-neutral cruises by 2030.

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