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MSC Cruises invests in two Seaside Evo-Class vessels

Monday, 04 Dec 2017

Swiss cruise line MSC has placed a firm order with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for construction of two cruise ships of 169,380gt for 5,646 passengers together costing 1.8 billion euros.

Existing investment plan of MSC is added by two Seaside Evo-Class cruise vessels

The Seaside Evo-Class vessels will be 339m long and 41m wide, Fincantieri said. The ships will be equipped with an advanced active emissions control system called selective catalytic reduction (SCR) which significantly reduces nitrogen oxide emissions plus exhaust gas cleaning technology to meet the strictest exhaust regulations in port and in operating areas. They will also have modern waste management and recycling systems and advanced water treatment systems. The ships will also include the latest generation of energy-saving devices and all areas will feature LED lighting. They will be ultra-hydrodynamic and thanks to optimised hull lines, propellers and rudders, combined with the latest anti-fouling paint, wave resistance will be further reduced and greater fuel-efficiency will be achieved. The ships will be completed in 2021 and 2023. The latest orders will take MSC’s total current newbuilding investment at Fincantieri to 3.5 billion euros, said the chairman of MSC Cruises, Mr Pierfrancesco Vago. The contract signing ceremony took place as part of the delivery of the cruise ship MSC Seaside’s hosted by the shipyard in Trieste. The MSC Seaside is the first of the two cruise vessels ordered by MSC. With 154,000gt, the ship is 323m long and 41m wide. It will be able to carry 5,179 passengers and 1,413 crew members. MSC Seaside is the largest ship so far built in Italy, according to Fincantieri. Its sister ship, MSC Seaview, is scheduled for delivery in June 2018. The newbuildings are part of MSC Cruises’ 9 billion euro plan which includes the construction of eleven next-generation ships expected to enter service between 2017 and 2026.