MSC Cruises and STX France have signed an order for the development of a fifth Meraviglia class cruise ship.
As a result of be delivered in 2023, this vessel will probably be geared up with a brand new technology of dual-fuel engines designed to run on liquefied pure fuel.
She can even function different revolutionary environmental applied sciences, notably together with a sophisticated wastewater therapy system compliant with the world’s most stringent regulatory requirements, together with the provisions enshrined in Decision MEPC.227 for the Baltic Sea.
This announcement was made at a ceremony held on the Saint-Nazaire shipyard within the presence of Bruno Le Maire, the French minister of the economic system and finance.
STX France and MSC Cruises celebrated three main ship constructing milestones: the metal slicing ceremony of the fourth Meraviglia class vessel the place MSC Cruises introduced that the ship will probably be named MSC Virtuosa; the coin ceremony of MSC Grandiosa; and the float-out of MSC Bellissima.
For the primary time in Saint-Nazaire’s historical past, three cruise ships belonging to a single cruise model are below simultaneous development on the shipyard.
Talking earlier than opening the valves to flood the dry dock the place MSC Bellissima has been assembled, Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises government chairman, stated: “With the announcement of one more new vessel, the 13th below our ten-year funding plan, we’re affirming our dedication to sustainable development for our firm.
“I say this whereas three extra next-generation MSC Cruises ships at the moment are concurrently below development.”
Vago added, “Our fifth Meraviglia class cruise ship will convey a brand new technology of cutting-edge environmental expertise to the market, benefiting from a brand new technology of LNG-powered engines.
“This may assist us additional cut back our environmental footprint and advance in our journey of fixed enchancment.
“She will probably be joined at sea by as much as 4 world-class LNG-powered ships, as a part of our general dedication to environmental stewardship by means of this and different next-generation applied sciences and options deployed fleet-wide.”
The settlement for the extra Meraviglia-Plus ship represents an extra funding of €900 million.
MSC Bellissima will probably be Christened at a glamorous ceremony in Southampton on March 2nd subsequent 12 months.
The occasion will probably be attended by greater than 2,000 visitors, together with VIPs and necessary British stakeholders.
The ship will stay within the metropolis for 3 days, giving the chance for over 3,000 UK & Irish journey companions and visitors to expertise the attractive addition to the MSC Cruises fleet.