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This is how the first climate-neutral cruise ship could look like

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The German shipyard Meyer Turku unveiled its concept for the first climate-neutral cruise ship, named "Avatar". This concept was introduced at the Seatrade Cruise Global cruise trade fair in Miami in early April 2024. The "Avatar" concept is part of a larger research and development project funded by Business Finland, known as NEcOLEAP.

Meyer Turku has set a target to fully develop the "Avatar" concept by the end of 2025, with potential construction beginning in 2030. This ambitious timeline underscores the shipyard's commitment to integrating advanced sustainable technologies in the cruise industry.

Features of the "Avatar" Concept
The "Avatar" concept showcases several pioneering features aimed at minimizing environmental impact:
•    Innovative Galley Concepts: Incorporation of automated logistics to reduce energy usage and improve efficiency.
•    Alternative Materials: Use of sustainable materials in construction to lessen the environmental footprint.
•    Sustainable Cabin Design: Focus on eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient designs.
•    Energy Efficiency Optimizations: Enhancements in various operational aspects to reduce energy consumption significantly.
Additionally, a holistic approach is adopted to extend to the end of the product life cycle, emphasizing material selection, recyclability, and adherence to circular economy principles.

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AI and Energy Management
Alongside "Avatar", Meyer Werft introduced an AI-based energy management system developed by its subsidiary, Alfred Maritime, established in 2019. This system aims to enhance the energy efficiency of cruise ships in real-world conditions by:
•    Data Analysis: Assisting operators and crew in understanding and analyzing performance data effectively.
•    Performance Predictions: Offering accurate predictions and forecasts from onboard systems to aid in emission reduction.

Corporate Insights
Dr. Paul Meyer, Managing Director of Alfred Maritime and CIO of the Meyer Group, highlighted the integration of AI, data modeling, machine learning, and simulation models to improve maritime operations and design. According to Dr. Meyer, these technologies are pivotal in making ships more efficient and environmentally friendly.
Alfred Maritime focuses on digitizing modern ships using Internet of Things and AI technologies, providing essential data and intelligence for developing greener next-generation ships.

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