(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The cruise industry’s growth seems unstoppable, with yard capacity as the only limiting factor. Asia has joined the game – Genting Dream (Dream Cruises) and Norwegian Joy (Norwegian Cruise Line), both built by Meyer Werft, are vessels expressly designed for the burgeoning East Asian market.
Meanwhile new yards are entering the market: Norway’s Ulstein Verft brings its unique design expertise and innovative X-BOW® to the expedition vessel segment where fitness for extreme weather and sea conditions are key requirements.
In the forefront of innovation and performance enhancements driven by unrelenting passenger demand, cruise ship design is making great strides both in terms of new passenger features and improvements of the underlying maritime platform. As the market fans out to cater to an increasing diversity of customers, designers such as Hareide bring in fresh ideas inspired by other industries, and owners like Saga focus on specific audiences whose preferences they are intimately familiar with.
DNV GL underpins new technologies with advanced research and development work, contributing digital and automation expertise to enhance safety, efficiency and reliability, and streamlining class and certification services.
Today’s passengers expect eco-friendly ships, and new regulations impose strict emission limits. Increasingly, LNG is being adopted as a sulphur-free ship fuel that emits less CO2 than HFO. But the search for non-fossil energy sources continues. Battery power is great for short-distance shipping, fuel-cell technology is evolving rapidly, and hybrid solutions are moving centre stage: Hurtigruten will commission their first hybrid cruise vessel this year.
DNV GL is supporting various joint industry research projects into alternative fuels and propulsion concepts, and the work on further performance and efficiency enhancements is progressing as well. The prospects for the cruise industry’s near future are exiting. As a class society we stand ready to provide vigorous support to our partners, helping them realize their visions and ambitions with all our expertise and knowledge.
Having said that, we encourage the entire industry to expect more from their classification partner! Providing far more than rules and regulation-based services, DNV GL is ready to be challenged by you, and we will do whatever it takes to rethink our way of working and find new means of contributing to safety at sea while strengthening your competitive advantage.
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