MSC Cruises Commits to Cutting-Edge LNG-Powered Vessels with Chantiers de l’Atlantique

Two World Class Ships Ordered, Setting New Standards in Maritime Energy Efficiency

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MSC Cruises has officially confirmed its order for two liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered vessels from the French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique. These two World Class ships, presently designated as World Class 3 and 4, are slated for delivery in 2026 and 2027, with plans for the potential acquisition of a fifth unit.

Distinguished as some of the most energy-efficient vessels in the maritime sector, the preceding MSC World Europa and MSC World America are equipped with the next generation of dual-fuel internal combustion engines featuring reduced methane slip.

Pierfrancesco Vago, the Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises, expressed pride in the continuation of the two-decade-long collaboration with Chantiers de l’Atlantique, emphasizing their history of jointly constructing 18 ships, with the 19th currently in the construction phase.

In the pursuit of continually diminishing the environmental footprint of its fleet, MSC Cruises has willingly incurred a substantial cost premium to enhance the energy efficiency of these new vessels. According to Laurent Castaing, the Chief Executive Officer of Chantiers de l’Atlantique, these ships are expected to emit 50% less CO2 than the 2008 reference level set by the International Maritime Organization’s Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEDI).

This strategic investment aligns with MSC Cruises’ commitment to swiftly and significantly reduce the environmental impact of its fleet, contributing to the industry’s collective efforts in achieving sustainable and environmentally responsible maritime practices.

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