MSC Orders New Platform Of Ships

MSC signs order for two in a new platform of ships to be built by STX — with an option for two more.

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New vessel will be biggest, widest yet for the fleet. Rendering courtesy of MSC Cruises.

A letter of intent was signed by MSC to build two new ships with an option for two more at the STX Europe (formerly Chantiers de l’Atlantique) shipyard at St. Nazaire, France. Due for delivery in 2017 and 2019, they will be 1033 feet long and 141 feet wide, with an approximate gt of 167,600. They will have 2,250 cabins for guests and nearly 820 crew cabins, accommodating a staggering 5,700 passengers and 1,536 crew members.

According to a press release from MSC, the contract signed is worth 16 million working hours for STX France and its subcontractors, 9 million for the prototype and 7 million for the second unit. Building is due to start in spring 2015. The contract will be binding when the financial package is secured.

MSC’s executive chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago stated, “MSC Cruises will expand its capacity by 31%; we will incredibly enrich our offer on board and we will broaden our horizons to ensure we meet the growing global demand in every region. Once again our longstanding partnership with the STX yard has proved key for these plans.”

Acccording to Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, “The new prototype will be the biggest cruise ship ever built by a European ship owner and the most versatile and flexible of the world: not only will it be able to call in most of the ports and destinations on earth, without compromise, but it will have extraordinary features that will make it the perfect choice at sea, in summer and in winter. The two new ships will reaffirm MSC Cruises’ dedication to outstanding and genuine dining options and out-of-this-world entertainment with new panoramic spaces, a bigger theatre and a spectacular amusement park connected to an outdoor aqua park as well as a two-deck ’inside promenade.”

Among the new features of the ships will be specially designed cabins for families and an extended MSC Yacht Club, the entirely self-contained private club on the prestigious foredecks that will now be completed with a vast solarium, a private lounge and restaurant and duplex suites. The new prototype is the result of a long development process, conducted in the framework of STX’s ECORIZON ® programm, leading to the creation of a new generation of ships that are cleaner, more efficient and more technological. They will be water emission free, while its hull and propulsion system will be optimised for better energy efficiency. The installation of scrubbers will allow for fumes to be neutralised and CO2 emissions to be in accordance with the latest evolutions of international maritime regulations.

With thanks to Ken Muscat

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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