Shipbuilding organization Fincantieri delivered luxury cruise operator Viking’s first vessel equipped with an emissions reducing hydrogen fuel cell system based on both companies’ announcement on Nov. 10.
The delivery of the Viking Neptune took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. It is equipped with a small hydrogen fuel system, making it the cruise industry’s first vessel to test the use of hydrogen power for on board operations.
Viking said that the vessel, with a nominal power of 100 kW, is using a small system as a test to determine how hydrogen fuel can be used on a larger scale for future newbuilds.
The Viking Neptune is also similar to other Viking cruise ships that weighs about 47,800 tons with 465 cabins ready to accommodate up to 930 passengers. It is also placed in the small cruise ship segment.
The hydrogen fueled ship will spend its inaugural season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean before embarking on Viking’s 2022-2023 world cruise that lasts for 138 days in 28 countries and 57 ports.
Viking Chairperson Torstein Hagen noted, as he welcomed their newest sister ship, that it marked “a significant advancement” in testing hydrogen as a future fuel for their vessels.
“We look forward to welcoming guests on board the Viking Neptune next week. She is the 15th new ship we have added to our overall fleet this year, another significant milestone as we continue the celebration of our 25th anniversary,” he added.
According to Fincantieri, the Viking Neptune marked a “quantum leap in the longstanding cooperation between Viking and Fincantieri for designing, delivering and operating environmentally considerate cruise vessels.” The two companies continuously cooperate for the development of pioneering applications based on hydrogen fuel cells in order to achieve an expanding reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2022, companies Viking and Fincantieri have strengthened their collaboration in the aim of developing large scale hydrogen applications to greatly contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions of the vessels.
Their collaboration resulted in designing an enlarged vessel configuration, defining spaces and arrangements for accommodating the increased size of hydrogen tank, the fuel cell systems, and relevant auxiliaries as a first step while the second step lies on the development of a hydrogen-based generation system with a total power of about six to seven MW and the ability to ensure a smokeless port operation and slow steaming navigation.