The Cruise Division of MSC Group has welcomed its new flagship MSC Seashore, the largest cruise ship to be built in Italy. A small ceremony was held in traditional style to mark the delivery of MSC Seashore in the Fincantieri Monfalcone yard. Its sister ship, MSC Seascape, is currently under construction in the yard and is expected to come into service in winter 2022.
At 339 metres long, MSC Seashore will be the longest vessel in the MSC fleet of cruise ships. The ship is built to carry a weight up to 169,400 tonnes, accommodating 5,632 guests and 1,648 crew members.
The new ship, which brings the MSC fleet total to 18, features advanced environmental technologies, continuing the company’s commitment to running more sustainably.
The ship includes a hybrid exhaust gas cleaning system and catalytic reduction systems that reduce sulphur oxide emissions by 98 per cent and nitrogen oxide by 90 per cent. MSC Seashore’s wastewater treatment system has also been designed for comprehensive purification and a shore-to-ship power system has been installed to reduce the ship’s emissions while at berth.
The ship also includes improvements such as a 16-metre-long extension, 10,000m² of additional deck space and improved guest flow.
Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, said: “The construction of MSC Seashore is an investment that generates an direct and indirect economic impact of almost five billion euros on the Italian economy. At the same time, its coming into service also activates an important economic and employment driver for coastal communities and much beyond, generating a further significant economic impact every year for the tourism industry.”
“Our new flagship is further testament to our leadership in sustainability, with each new ship featuring the latest and most advanced environmental technology and solutions. Additionally, over and above our industry-leading health and safety protocol, MSC Seashore is the first cruise ship in the world to feature a new and ground-breaking air sanitation system. ‘Safe Air’ uses UV-C lamp technology, eliminating 99 per cent of viruses and bacteria to guarantee clean and safe air for all guests and crew on board.
MSC Seashore will offer summer cruises in the Mediterranean on a ‘Six Pearls’ itinerary before moving to homeport in Miami for the winter season.