Luca Peruzzi

Luca Peruzzi

Italy Correspondent

Born in Genoa in 1966 and graduated in law at Genoa’s University, Luca Peruzzi is a regular contributor to several Italian language titles covering shipping, intermodal and defence including Avvisatore Marittimo daily shipping newspaper and the Secolo XIX national daily newspaper as well as the Italian Navy’s official magazine, Rivista Marittima. He also works as Italian correspondent for international magazines covering naval and shipping security domains, including Jane’s Navy International and Jane’s International Defence Review, European Security & Defense  and French-based EDR magazine.

Counting MSC Seaside, MSC Cruises could be ushering in 'at least' 10 ships through 2026—four at Fincantieri and, counting options, six more at STX France, where Fincantieri holds a controlling stake.

MSC Cruises inked a deal for two additional and bigger ships from Fincantieri called Seaside Evo (Evolution), for delivery in 2021 and 2023. The slot reservation to build a third Seaside-class ship for 2021 is being replaced by the first Evo ship.

Pasqualino Monti, appointed president of the recently established Western Sicily Port Authority (Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare di Sicilia Occidentale), has put growing cruise business among his main objectives.

Cruise traffic at Italian ports is expected to return to positive figures in 2018, with 10.8m passengers and around 4,600 ship calls compared to 2017's estimated 10.2m passengers and just over 4,400 calls.

MSC Cruises’ new flagship arrived in her summer homeport of Genoa last Sunday following a passage from Le Havre to immediately begin an inaugural summer season in the Mediterranean.

Cruise traffic in Italy's ports reached 11.1m passengers and 4,980 ship calls in 2016, maintaining the same levels as in 2015. The forecast for 2017, however, indicates a 7.1% drop in passengers (embarking, disembarking and transit) to 10.3m, and a 9.6% reduction in calls to 4,500.

MSC Seaside's two-day float-out at Monfalcone marked a milestone in MSC Cruises' first shipbuilding program at Fincantieri. At 154,000gt, it will be the biggest cruise vessel ever produced by the Italian builder.

Costa Group formed a 50/50 partnership with I.L. Investimenti srl, the holding company managing the shipping activities of the Genoese Schenone family, to create its own port operations agency network for southern France and Italy.