Posted by: cruise2 | 11 April, 2016

MSC Orders Four LNG-Powered Cruise Ships

by Kevin Griffin writing for cybercruises.com

Last week, MSC Cruises of Geneva announced the signing of a Letter of Intent with STX St Nazaire for four massive 5,500-berth liquid natural gas-powered cruise ships, news that was regarded as so important in France that François Hollande participated in making the announcement from L’Elysée.

Laurent Castaing (R), President of French shipyard STX France, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Chairman Gianluigi Aponte (C), and French President Francois Hollande (L) stand next to the model of the MSC Preziosa

Laurent Castaing (R), President of French shipyard STX France, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Chairman Gianluigi Aponte (C), and French President Francois Hollande (L) stand next to the model of MSC Preziosa

The ships, which will constitute MSC’s new World class, are to be delivered between 2022 and 2026.

These latest orders, valued at €4 billion, are on top of four Vista and Vista-Plus class ships under way at STX and three Seaside class from Fincantieri in Italy. MSC is already in possession of ten ships built at St Nazaire between 2003 and 2013, at a cost of €6.5 billion, while the four Vista and Vista-Plus class ships are costing €3 billion. The total so far invested in France, therefore, and not including the orders placed in Italy with Fincantieri is €13.5 billion.

Meanwhile, MSC Cruises, which has traditionally registered its ships in Panama, has announced that it will switch its fleet to EU registration, with the news that in future its ships would fly the flag of Malta.

MSC operates twelve cruise ships today, to which it will add eleven more ships between 2017 and 2026. A comparison of the four classes follows:

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