Posted by: cruise2 | 2 September, 2007

MSC Newbuildings


Aker Yards in St. Nazaire, France, was the site of a special double event in the continued growth of the MSC Cruises fleet.

Pierfrancesco Vago, the CEO for MSC Cruises, and Jacques Hardelay, general manager for Aker Yards France, were on hand for the cutting of the first steel for MSC Magnifica and the technical float out of MSC Poesia. They also viewed the progress being made in the construction of MSC Fantasia. Each of these is a significant step toward the completion of MSC Cruises’ expansion plan, which began in 2003.

“MSC Cruises is a company with the greatest growth in a short time span,” declared Mr. Vago. “Circumstances have enabled us to grow at such a rapid pace. We are the only company in the world with a single brand which, in the space of a few years, has increased the size of its operation to this degree. We have opened another 10 offices and we are represented in 31 countries throughout the world. “

“The success of our ships,” says Emilio La Scala, general manager, MSC Cruises Technical Department, “is proof of the intense work effort that the Technical Department has invested in conjunction with the technical staff at Aker Yards and with our architectural studio. All possible innovations have been implemented to ensure that our guests are offered the best in terms of facilities and comfort.

“After four years of working closely together we can say that this has been a very satisfactory collaboration,” La Scala says. “In a short span of time, three different classes of ships have been constructed (Lirica, Musica and Fantasia). Four new ships have been launched from 2003 to 2007. At the same time, another four ships (representing two different classes) are under construction. This is an imposing progression that will see eight new ships in the fleet by 2010. The technical input has been ongoing, always seeking to improve on the last achievement. We have worked to tight schedules and delivered on time with one clear objective – the continual improvement of the fleet.”

“We have built six cruise ships for MSC and we still have four ships to deliver. This symbolizes not only the success of MSC Cruises but also the strong relationship between Aker Yards and MSC Cruises,” said Mr. Hardelay.

MSC Poesia, sister ship to MSC Musica and MSC Orchestra, will be 92,400 grt, 964 feet long, 105 feet wide and 164 feet tall. It will have 1,275 cabins, of which 80’% are outside cabins with balconies, able to host 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members. A total of more than 236,000 square feet is dedicated to the public areas.


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