Norwegian Bliss cruise ship to feature Silverstream air lubrication system

11 March 2015 (Last Updated March 11th, 2015 18:30)

UK-based technology provider Silverstream Technologies has been contracted to install its air lubrication system on new Norwegian Cruise Line vessel, Norwegian Bliss.

UK-based technology provider Silverstream Technologies has been contracted to install its air lubrication system on new Norwegian Cruise Line vessel, Norwegian Bliss.

This development marks the first commercial installation of Silverstream System, the company stated.

Norwegian Cruise’s deal also includes an option for the installation of the system on two further vessels.

Silverstream CEO Noah Silberschmidt said: "It is a landmark moment for the company to secure a significant order from a leading cruise operator, which will be installed and delivered by one of the world’s most respected shipyards for technology and innovation.

"[It] demonstrates the industry’s culture and desire to improve their operational and environmental efficiencies."

"Not only does this highlight the Silverstream System and air lubrication as an applied and sustainable clean technology, it also demonstrates the industry’s culture and desire to improve their operational and environmental efficiencies as a means of reducing emissions, fuel costs and improving the sustainability of their operations."

Norwegian Bliss cruise ship is currently under construction at Meyer Werft ship yard in Germany and its delivery is expected to be early in 2017.

By producing a thin layer of micro bubbles that create a single ‘air carpet’ along the hull of the vessel, the Silverstream System minimises the frictional resistance between water and hull.

With this lower friction, the vessel will have a better operational efficiency and reduced fuel consumption and associated emissions.

Silverstream said that this technology can be added to a new-build design and retrofitted to an existing ship within two weeks.