As soon as they arrive in Saint-Nazaire, as they approach the Chantiers de l’Atlantique, visitors understand that the world is changing paradigm

He witnesses, surprised and impressed, the transformation of a whole section of industry, entirely focused on the ecological transition

This appears in all its forms: on displays in the city, in fluorescent letters above workshop signs, in the presentations of engineers, in the preamble to presentations and of course in concrete terms with the construction of new ships.

The visitor will emerge, stunned by so much information around the fuel cell, LNG, work on the hulls, the action of new paints, hydrogen technology, filters, electrical terminals… The important thing for the non-specialist will be to retain the declared ambitions of cruise passengers to reduce greenhouse gases by 30% by 2035 and to achieve neutrality by 2050.

Reality or utopia?

Jean Pierre Nadir, president of FairMoove, doubts that the tourism industry will succeed, hence the opening to the capital of 300 private shareholders in order to federate an active community mobilized by sustainable tourism. On the other hand, the MSC group has no doubts, as Pourbaix, General Manager France MSC Cruises, asserts: ” we expect to reach the IPCC objectives 2 to 3 years ahead of schedule and we remain confident to achieve total neutrality in 2050 »

Good news for the sector, which has suffered a number of frontal attacks from NGOs. The recent and lamentable demonstration in Marseilles has just added to this:

  • Lamentable, by the magnifying effect what entails! She only managed to mobilize 100 people, despite being solicited by more than a dozen associations, but the buzz was in full swing.
  • Lamentable by the answers of an ignorant elected official, whose name we will keep silent about, evoking ”bogus figures of cruise passengers”.
  • Lamentable by the sign of a demonstrator which displayed: ” The rich go on cruises, the poor go on cancers “.

Please, a little intelligence…

To the little lady who still thinks that cruises are only for the ”rich”, the simple description of the MSC World Europa in the final phase of construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique with its 22 decks, its 47 meters wide, its 2,626 cabins, its 6,762 passengers and its more than 40,000m2 of public spaces testify well to the democratization of the sector.

To the ignorant elected representative of Marseille, it becomes useful to remember that all the innovations implemented, far from being “bogus”, on the contrary manage to change the situation:

  • Fuel cells: This system generating up to 150kw/h will reduce greenhouse gases by 30%.
  • LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) will reduce the diffusion of sulfur oxide by 90% and that of nitrogen by 85% and not to mention a reduction in CO2 emissions of – 25% compared to fuel oil.
  • The new paintwork on the hulls will play a considerable role in curbing fuel consumption by 10% fuel.
  • The electrical terminals set up by the ports will avoid polluting with thermal engines
  • And hydrogen technology continues its research with the goal of achieving total carbon neutrality by 2050.

Which makes Christian Orofino, who chaired the EDV sustainable tourism commission for a long time, say: “ the cruise sector is undoubtedly the one that is most involved in the ecological transition and that is constantly innovating in this area »

Patrick Pourbaix to conclude ” MSC World Europa will be our first Liquefied Natural Gas ship and the most advanced to date in terms of the environment. LNG stands as one of the cleanest marine fuels available on a large scale today. It will play a key role in decarbonizing maritime operations globally. This fuel eliminates almost all polluting atmospheric emissions. With its CO2 emissions reduced by 25%, it paves the way for the use of non-fossil energies such as green hydrogen. Not to mention the fuel cell installed on board producing heat and electricity 30% more efficiently than LNG engines. »

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