MSC Cruises begins construction of second LNG powered ship

First steel cut for MSC Euribia at Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard

Credit: Ivan Sarfatti / MSC Cruises

The first steel for MSC Cruises‘ 22nd vessel and second to be fuelled by liquified natural gas (LNG) was cut on Monday [28 June 2021] at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France.

MSC Euribia is earmarked to enter service in June 2023. She will be a sister ship to MSC World Europa, launching in October 2022, and a third ship in the LNG fleet that will begin construction in early 2023.

The start of her construction was marked by a traditional steel cutting ceremony in Saint Nazaire bringing the ship owner and shipyard together. As maritime custom dictates, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago, joined Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s General Manager, Laurent Castaing, to launch the cutting of the first steel for the new ship and, with it, the next step in MSC Cruises’ journey towards zero-impact operations.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises and Laurent Castaing Chantiers de l'Atlantique's General Manager | Credit: Ivan Sarfatti

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Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman said, “Just as the ancient goddess harnessed the winds, weather and constellations to master the seas, our vision is for MSC Euribia to master the deployment of sustainable technologies to protect and preserve our precious marine ecosystem. This ship marks a new milestone in our journey towards net zero impact operations and is testament to our commitment to foster and develop next generation environmental technologies.

“As a family with over 300 years of seafaring heritage, we always seek to protect the environment to safeguard our way of life and protect the planet for future generations. With our first LNG-powered vessel already under construction, MSC Euribia will further reduce emissions using the latest available technology. She will be one of the world’s most environmentally high-performing contemporary vessels.”

In terms of emissions with a global impact, LNG plays a key role in climate change mitigation and MSC Euribia’s engines have the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 25% compared to standard fuels.

The first steel cut of MSC Euribia | Credit: Ivan Sarfatti

Coin Ceremony for MSC Seascape

Last week MSC Cruises held a traditional coin ceremony at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, for the cruise line’s second Seaside EVO Class ship, revealed as MSC Seascape.

Long-standing employees Monica Somma, Category Manager – Retail, MSC Cruises and Jolette Vincenzi – Production Supervisor from Fincantieri performed the traditional maritime ritual as godmothers when they placed two coins within the ship’s keel as an historical sign of blessing and good fortune for the construction of the ship and her future life at sea.

MSC Seascape, like her sister ship MSC Seashore, is further evolution of the Seaside class – the Seaside EVO ships are enhanced and extended with a variety of brand-new features, spaces and experiences for guests. The ship is designed to connect guests with the sea through the ship’s innovative design features including 13,000 square-metres of outdoor space.

Scheduled to enter service in November 2022 the 169,400 gross tonne ship will accommodate 5,877 guests in 2,270 cabins, and will feature MSC Cruises’ largest and most luxurious MSC Yacht Club yet.

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