MONFALCONE – Fincantieri today delivered to the MSC Group’s Cruise Division the Seashore, the largest cruise ship built in Italy. MSC Cruise’s new flagship is equipped with the latest maritime environmental technologies available today. It is the second new vessel in 2021 to join the MSC fleet, which now has 19 ships. The MSC Seashore will offer summer cruises in the western Mediterranean, while in autumn, it will move to Miami (USA) for the winter season in the Caribbean.
Its sister ship MSC Seascape is currently under construction at the Monfalcone shipyard and will enter service in winter 2022.
MSC Seashore has the latest technology and facilities to minimise environmental impact. The ship has hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), selective catalytic reduction systems (SCR) with a 98% reduction in sulphur oxide (Sox) emissions and a 90% reduction in nitrogen oxide (Nox). The wastewater treatment system is in line with International Maritime Organisation Resolution MEPC 227(64) and achieves higher purification standards than most onshore wastewater treatment plants.
MSC Seashore is 339 metres long, 41 metres wide and as high as 76 metres. It has a gross tonnage of 170,000 tonnes and can accommodate just under 6,000 passengers: the cabins are 2,270, while the crew members are 1,648.
The handover ceremony, held at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, was attended by Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of the MSC Group’s Cruise Division, other members of the Aponte and Aponte-Vago families, Giampiero Massolo and Giuseppe Bono, respectively Chairman and CEO of Fincantieri, as well as representatives of MSC’s construction team together with managers and workers from the shipyard.
The construction of MSC Seashore will impact the Italian economy of almost five billion euros with the employment of some 4300 workers over the last two years. The investment plan of MSC crocCruise in Italy reads a note from the company, currently providing for the construction of another five units, capable of generating an additional overall economic benefit for over 13 billion.
MSC Seashore has the “Sustainable Ship” certification (thanks to the most advanced environmental technologies currently available) and “Biosafe Ship” (for the reduction of the risk of contagion).