MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l'Atlantique has recently further expanded its long-term collaboration through a series of strategic announcements. At the ceremony in Paris on January 20, Édouard Philippe, French Prime Minister, Gianluigi Aponte, the founder and chairman of the MSC Group, attended Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruise's chairman, and Laurent Castaing, Chantiers de l'Atlantiques administrative head.

First, it was announced that an agreement was signed for the construction of MSC Cruise's third and fourth natural gas-powered MSC World Class vessels, to be delivered in 2025 and 2027, respectively. With 205 in gross tonnes per vessel, they will be the first natural gas-powered cruise ships built in France. Compared to normal marine fuel, natural gas reduces sulfur emissions and dust formation by 000%, NOx emissions by 99% and carbon dioxide emissions by 85%. These contracts involve a capital investment on the part of MSC Cruises of more than two billion euros.

Investment over EUR 6,5 billion

Furthermore, MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l'Atlantique also their collaboration in the coming decade with two more projects:

  • The companies signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of yet another new prototype class of natural gas powered cruise ships for MSC Cruise's fleet. For this project, MSC Cruises, the shipyard and other partners will focus on developing new environmental technology in line with IMO's vision for 2030 and 2050. The four vessels in this new class represent a capital investment of more than four billion euros.
  • A second Memorandum of Understanding concerns a collaboration between MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l'Atlantique with the aim of developing another innovative concept for a class of prototype vessels that push the boundaries of what wind power and other advanced environmental technology can contribute to shipping companies transporting passengers.
Pierfrancesco Vago.

These three agreements total an investment of more than EUR 6,5 billion.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Chairman of the Board, MSC Cruises, said at the time:

“The three agreements signed today extend our investment plan until 2030. They are based on an outstanding collaboration with Chantiers de l'Atlantique which has already resulted in 15 highly innovative cruise ships over the last two decades, and which will give rise to many more vessels in Saint-Nazaire's shipyards over the next ten years. They also confirm that environmental sustainability is important for the industry, and in this case also helps the French national industry to further consolidate its position as a world leader in the development of the next generation technology and other solutions. "

Specifications for MSC Cruises MSC World Class Vessels:

  • Gross tonnage: 205
  • Maximum number of passengers: 6
  • Crew members: 2
  • Number of cabins: 2 632
  • Length / Width / Height: 333,3 m / 47 m / 68 m

About MSC Cruises

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises is the MSC Group's cruise division. The MSC Group is a privately owned leading shipping and logistics conglomerate based in Switzerland and owned by the Aponte family.

For EUR 11,6 billion, MSC Cruise's current fleet will be expanded from 17 to 25 vessels by 2027. In addition, the company is investing an additional two billion euros in a new luxury cruise brand consisting of four motor yachts, one per year between 2023 and 2026.

MSC Cruise's fleet is one of the most advanced fleets in the industry when it comes to environmental technology. The company takes great care of the environment and strives to minimize and continuously reduce its fleet's environmental impact, both at sea and in port, as well as invest in the accelerated development of the next generation of marine and environmental technology. With the long-term goal of achieving zero emissions, MSC Cruises 2020 became the first major global cruise line to compensate 100 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions from the vessels that cannot be reduced by today's environmental technology.

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