»Protection of the environment is not a lip service to us, but part of our corporate strategy in particular in the course of our expansion.«
Wybcke Meier, Managing Director TUI Cruises
Finely interlocking technologies
Substantial savings are likewise made by the systematic lighting controls and the use of low-energy LED bulbs. And when the ship is plying the waves in Northern Europe, the cutting-edge air conditioning draws assistance from the cool seawater. “It’s important for all these ideas and techniques to dovetail and to function smoothly,” says Ryan Eickholt.
Ship’s engineers will tell you it takes at least a year for all the systems on board a new vessel to settle. After 19 months under construction, Mein Schiff 3 first weighed anchor in mid-June 2014 – so today she has been at sea for just three months. Ryan Eickholt and his crew have come up with some pragmatic, environment-friendly solutions in response to the “technical challenges”, as he puts it in his upbeat American style.
One example is the combined system for waste gas treatment, which consists of a desulphurisation unit and a catalytic reactor. The prototype was especially developed for Mein Schiff 3. The system is 60 metres tall and runs though all the decks, and it is the reason why this vessel has a reputation for hardly producing any waste gas at all.
“This is where the exhaust air is cleaned and filtered. Pollutants are washed out in several stages, like in a super-size shower,” says Ryan Eickholt. That means a significant reduction in sulphur oxides (by up to 99 per cent) and a major reduction in particulate matter (up to 60 per cent) and nitrous gases (up to 75 per cent). “We want our systems to be perfectly calibrated as fast as possible,” says Ryan Eickholt. “After all, our aim is to set new standards for the sector with the technology we have installed.”