MSC Cruises has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with STX France for the construction of up to four LNG-powered ships.
The four LNG-powered ships, which will be known as the ‘World Class’, will be over 200 000 GRT. The first ship is expected to be delivered in 2022, with the others following in 2024, 2025 and 2026.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman, said: "Today’s announcement is further proof of our view that this industry presents significant opportunities for additional growth going forward for both our brand and product. For this reason, our ten-plus year investment plan now encompasses up to eleven new MSC Cruises ships coming into service between 2017 and 2026. It is also a reflection of our constant commitment to innovation as we will partner with STX France to design yet again a completely new type of ship. The new MSC Cruise World Class prototype will feature - amongst other highly innovative elements - a futuristic design that will maximise the open space available to our guests."
Mr Vago continued: "Our long-standing focus on innovation will make the new ships unlike anything that currently exists in the cruise industry. They will be the richest yet in terms of amenities and features for guests and families; have a cutting edge design; feature the latest and the best state-of-the-art smart technology and use the most advanced environmentally-friendly technology available with LNG-propelled engines. But most importantly it will be a ship for all seasons and all regions."
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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