Construction of MSC’s next-gen eco-friendly ships begins

by Mar 18, 2022

Switzerland-based shipping company MSC Cruises and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri on Thursday signed the final contracts for the construction of four luxury cruise ships worth USD2.2 billion. This comes as MSC Cruises retired most of their old cruise fleet back in 2020 when the Covid-19 Pandemic caused global lockdowns and tourism took a major hit. Now after 2 years the cruise industry is seeing a massive demand as the world enters the port pandemic state. This has prompted the shipping giant to order eco-friendly ships to boost their market capacity. These ships will run on LNG and would have onboard shore power capability as well. All four vessels will have gross tonnage of approximately 64,000 tons. Moreover, under the agreement, the first of the four ships will be delivered by spring 2023. The remaining three will come into service one per year over the following three years through 2026. This is not the first order MSC has placed with Fincantieri. Back in 2014 the shipping company placed another order of 4 ships of which 2 have already been delivered and are in service named “MSC Seaside” and “MSC Seaview”. Although they are powered by the traditional Diesel-Electric engines, MSC Seaside is being equipped with onboard shore power equipment as it regularly visits PortMiami and the port is heavily investing in shore power.
Furthermore MSC Cruises is building a new state of the art cruise terminal at PortMiami which is expected to be the largest in the U.S. and among the most important in the world when completed at the end of 2023 just in time for the first induction of the new ship. According to our sources, the terminal, which entails an investment of approximately $388 million, will be able to simultaneously harbor three latest-generation and low environmental ships, including MSC’s current flagship MSC Seashore and the line’s future LNG-powered ships and the terminal will be equipped with a high voltage shore power system.

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