Executives from MSC Cruises and Fincantieri at the steel-cutting ceremony for MSC Seashore (Image: MSC Cruises)
MSC Cruises revealed that its first Seaside EVO ship is to be named MSC Seashore during a steel-cutting ceremony for the vessel at Fincantieri’s yard in Monfalcone, Italy on 26 November.
The ceremony was attended by MSC Cruises’ executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and Fincantieri’s CEO Giuseppe Bono and marks the first stage of the project to construct the ship’s superstructure. Predictions suggest that it will take around 4,000 Fincantieri employees (and additional subcontractors) more than 10 million ‘man’ hours to complete the 169,400gt ship ahead of her delivery in spring 2021.
MSC Seashore is the first of two Seaside EVO ships currently on order at Fincantieri and marks a design evolution from the line’s Seaside Class ships – MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview – which were christened in December 2017 and June 2018.
New highlights on the 5,632-guest Seaside EVO vessels will include 200 extra guest cabins; an additional aft lounge; an enhanced MSC Yacht Club covering three forward decks; speciality restaurants on the wraparound promenade on Deck 8; a greater number of whirlpools; and more spacious public spaces.
In addition, the Seaside EVO ships will be equipped with the latest advanced environmental technology, such as a selective catalytic reduction system and exhaust gas cleaning technology. They will also have advanced systems for water treatment, waste management, recycling and energy and heat recovery.
“The design of this ship is the perfect symbol of what Fincantieri has become and of what the group today represents on the international market scene and at an overall industrial level,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “MSC Seashore is designed to impress: first of all due to her size, she will be by far the largest ship ever built in Italy, allowing us to further increase our management standards, but even for her top-class technological level. She is a prototype that we developed based on a one-of-a-kind and hugely successful platform as Seaside is demonstrating to be. Over and above that, we are very proud to contribute to the growth of MSC Cruises, a company which is emerging as one of the major market players.”
MSC Seashore is the seventh ship to be built as part of MSC Cruises’ 10-year development plan, which will see it launching 17 new mega ships.
“With the Seaside Class, we introduced to the market one of the more innovative cruise ship prototypes all-around – our fifth out of six to date – thus setting a new industry standard for others to follow,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ executive chairman. “Today, only one year after MSC Seaside entered into service, we are taking this award-winning concept to the next level by starting the construction of a further evolved and even richer ship. MSC Seashore is an example of our commitment to bringing the most innovative and technologically advanced tonnage to the sea, and will be bestowed with the latest and best maritime and environmental technology available.”
MSC Seashore will be joined by her yet-to-be-named sister ship in autumn 2022.
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