Portuguese company presents innovative technological solutions to make ships more sustainable by allowing them to access the most preserved areas of the planet  

Tecnoveritas, a Portuguese company specialized in engineering services and technological energy efficiency solutions for the naval sector, is carrying out the ecological modernization of another ship of the French luxury cruise company "Compagnie du Ponant".

“Compagnie du Ponant” and TecnoVeritas have signed January 2022 a contract to upgrade environmentally their four expedition vessels of BOREAL Class to comply in advance with the MARPOL Annex VI NOx TIER III.

Following the successful projects of “M/V Le Boreal” and “M/V Le Austral”, in operation since April last year, as well as a number of other successful projects, including “M/V Vasco da Gama” TecnoVeritas is now designing the SCR systems for the other two Boreal Class vessels, the next M/V “Le Lyrial”, which was thoroughly 3D scanned this month at Canary Islands.  

This extremely ambitious and demanding project will bring the BOREAL Class vessels among the most environmentally friendly cruise ships.

The SCR systems design will allow the emissions of NOx to be reduced by more than 80%; in other words, making the cruises more environmentally friendly. This is good news, for all the passenger guests that love untouched nature and care about the environment. “Compagnie du Ponant” has anticipated compliance with IMO TIER III emissions for almost three years, therefore leading the change in the cruise industry, based on a strong environmental awareness.

The project considers the customisation of SCR system solution, as well as, onboard and remote emissions monitoring using BOEM, a cloud-based software developed by TecnoVeritas. An optimised feedback control system using sophisticated NOx-type approved sensors from Danfoss is also in place to minimise the emissions of NOx while minimising the use of urea and ammonia slip. This system allows real-time emissions data logging.

The acquired know-how of TecnoVeritas required for the retrofit of emissions control systems and energy optimisation of existing vessels has been put into practice and proven to be highly valuable when it comes to passenger ship revamping.

Important objectives were, the minimisation of engine room impact, time back into operation (about 22 days), and cost of the project.

To accomplish such a difficult project, but also such a tight schedule, extensive engineering work has been carried out by TecnoVeritas in advance, namely Exhaust gas flow CFD simulations, Electrical and Control System design, Mechanical design, Naval Architecture and Classification approvals.

The multidiscipline areas of one such project, call for great dedication and close cooperation between TecnoVeritas, PONANT and the shipyard.