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MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises usher in Marseille port's return to operations

Cruising is officially underway at the Port of Marseille
MSC Seaside and Costa Smeralda sailed from the Port of Marseille on July 4, positioning flagships MSC Seaside and Costa Smeralda there after the port’s 17-month hiatus.

Two vessels can be in the port simultaneously, which expects to receive 36 calls this summer. 

Rigorous health and safety protocols are in place, as previously reported with a test cruise for MSC Seaside taking place last month. 

Cleaner air 

This year is the first where the port will follow Marseille Cruise Club’s Blue Charter, drawn up in 2019 and agreed upon by local and national authorities as well as several cruise lines to improve air quality. With local and central government support, it has invested more than €50m in a scheme to provide shore-to-ship power connections and claims to be the first port in France, and the only Mediterranean port, to provide shipping companies with power connections. 

The infrastructure was put in place in 2017 for Corsica ferry routes - with access for international ferries due in 2022. The port is set to equip two cruise terminal berths with shore-to-ship technology by 2025. 

MSC Seaside utilises shore-to-ship power connectivity while Costa Smeralda uses LNG. 

It is anticipated that more than three quarters of port calls will result in cleaner air in Marseille in 2025 owing to the measures. 


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