It was attended by Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman, MSC Cruises and Giuseppe Bono, CEO, Fincantieri among other representatives from both companies. Employees Monica Somma, category manager – retail, MSC Cruises and Jolette Vincenzi, production supervisor, Fincantieri carried out the traditional placing of the coins.
The vessel is one of three currently under construction and is due to enter service in November 2022.
Investment despite ‘challenging context’
'Only two weeks ago we unveiled Explora Journeys in these docks and cut the steel for the first of four luxury vessels,' said Vago 'This will be the second ship class that we build together, but today we’re here to celebrate the first one, in its much-improved evolution – the Seaside EVO class.
These ships bear testimony to the great things that we can achieve together. With their revolutionary design, MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview broke new grounds when they came into service and have since inspired others to follow... MSC Seashore, the first ship of this class, will soon leave this yard to join our fleet.'
He went on to add, ‘The coins we lay today, to mark a key construction milestone of one of our ships, are an important symbol of our confidence in the cruise industry and the future of travel and tourism. As a family owned business, we can plan for the long term and make these commitments despite the challenging context we all face in the short term.
‘When she joins our fleet, MSC Seascape will generate meaningful economic impact, not only for the shipbuilding industry and its entire supply chain, but for all the ports and destinations that she reaches, strengthening coastal tourism and supporting the vital economic recovery of local communities.’
Design and features
The 169,400gt vessel will accommodate 5,877 passengers and provide 13,000m2 of outdoor space.
In addition to a 540 mtr-long waterfront promenade, it will have a glass-floored Bridge of Sighs at deck 16 and contain 11 dining venues, 19 bars and lounges.
The MSC Yacht Club will be the largest of the MSC Cruises’ fleet, with almost 3,000 sq. mtr. of space with sweeping ocean views from the foredecks.
Six swimming pools, including an aft infinity pool with ocean views, will be found on board.
There will be 2,270 cabins of 12 different varieties, including suites with balconies and aft suits.
Technology ‘cutting edge’ in reducing emissions
Vago went on to add, ‘As every new vessel that we build, we are equipping MSC Seascape with some of the latest environmental technologies and solutions, including cutting edge emissions reduction and wastewater treatment systems. She will also break new ground in terms of guest entertainment and will be our first vessel to feature the dynamic and exciting RoboCoaster experience.’
‘Furthermore, MSC Seascape represents our continued investment in this yard and region, as well as our drive to advance with our long-term vision to achieve net zero-impact cruise operations.’
Each of the vessel’s four Wartsila 14V 46F engines comprise selective catalytic reduction systems to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by up to 90% with a hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems capable of removing 98% of sulphur oxide (SOx) from ship emissions.
MSC Seascaoe will also have advanced wastewater treatment systems with purification standards that, according to the line, exceed most wastewater treatment facilities on land. It will feature: advanced waste management systems, ballast water treatment systems approved by the United States Coast Guard, latest-technology systems for the prevention of oil discharges from machinery spaces and various energy-efficiency improvements – from heat recovery systems to LED lighting.
An underwater radiated noise management system to reduce the potential effects on marine mammals will also be utilized.
One of three MSC Cruises vessels under construction
Bono concluded, ‘With the welding, we address a good wish to future passengers and crew… I am sure that soon travelers will be able to sail the sea again as before.’
MSC Seascape is one of three vessels currently under construction. The line's total investment in Fincantieri amounts to €6bn and MSC Seascape alone represents a €1bn investment, generating 2,000 jobs for the yard and the region for the next two years.