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MSC CRUISES AND CHANTIERS PARTNER FOR GREENER PASSENGER SHIPPING

Monday, January 20, 2020 

MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique have signed firm contracts for the construction of MSC Cruises’ third and fourth LNG-powered MSC 'World' Class ships, to be delivered in 2025 and 2027, and are to investigate further environmentally-friendly cruise ship concepts.

The first of the initial two ships in the class is currently under construction at Chantiers’ shipyard in Saint-Nazaire and is due to enter service in 2022. At 205,000gt, this will be the largest vessel operated by a European cruise line as well as the first LNG-powered cruise ship built in France.

These contracts represent a capital investment by MSC Cruises exceeding €2 billion and are expected to generate for the shipyard and its suppliers the equivalent of over 2,400 full-time jobs for the next three and a half years.

Additionally, the companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development of a new prototype class of LNG-powered cruise ships to operate under the MSC Cruises brand. For this project, MSC Cruises, Chantiers de l’Atlantique and other partners will focus on developing emerging environmental technologies in line in particular with IMO’s vision for 2030 and 2050. The four vessels in this new class would represent a capital investment exceeding €4 billion and an extra 30 million working hours for the yard, its suppliers and subcontractors.

A second MoU sees MSC Cruises partnering with Chantiers de l’Atlantique in the development of a further innovative prototype ship class concept exploring opportunities that wind power and other advanced technologies could bring to passenger shipping.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, said: “The three agreements signed today extend our investment plan up to 2030. They stem from an exceptional partnership, with Chantiers, that has already delivered 15 highly-innovative innovative cruise ships over the past two decades and will see many more vessels come to life at Saint-Nazaire’s docks in the next ten years. They also confirm that this industry’s commitment to environmental sustainability, in this case helping the French national industry further position itself as a world leader in the development of next-generation technologies and other solutions.”

Laurent Castaing, GM Chantiers de l’Atlantique, said: “We are really proud and happy to have built such an outstanding relationship with MSC Cruises, based on mutual trust and driven by the spirit of innovation. We are both committed to shaping the cruise of tomorrow and to developing ship concepts which go far beyond the existing environmental standards. Our companies have already been working together for twenty years and these new projects allow us to look enthusiastically to the future.”

MSC Cruises is strongly committed to achieving a zero-impact future by investing in the accelerated development of new energy solutions and other environmental technologies.

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