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Saturday,  July 13, 2024 12:45 PM 

MSC growing again

MSC growing again

MSC Cruises has signed with STX France for the construction of a fifth Meraviglia class cruise ship, due to be delivered in 2023.

The vessel will be equipped with a new generation of dual-fuel engines designed to run on liquefied natural gas and will also feature other innovative environmental technologies, notably including an advanced wastewater treatment system.

This announcement was made at the Saint-Nazaire shipyard in the presence of Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of the Economy and Finance, where STX France and MSC Cruises celebrated three major ship building milestones: the steel cutting Ceremony of the fourth Meraviglia class vessel where MSC Cruises announced that the ship will be named MSC Virtuosa; the coin ceremony of MSC Grandiosa; and the float-out of MSC Bellissima.

Speaking before opening the valves to flood the dry dock where MSC Bellissima has been assembled, Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises' Executive Chairman, said: "With the announcement of yet another new vessel, the 13th under our 10-year investment plan, we are affirming our commitment to sustainable growth for our Company. I say this while three more next-generation MSC Cruises are now simultaneously under construction.

The agreement for the additional Meraviglia-Plus ship represents an additional investment of €900 million (≈$1.06 billion USD), MSC said.