The contract includes an option for a fifth ship.
The two newly ordered vessels – currently referred to as World class 3 and 4 - will be delivered in 2026 and 2027.
They will be an evolution of MSC World Europa and MSC World America, which the cruise line said are performing significantly better than the International Maritime Organization Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) requirement.
In addition, the new ships will be ready for a variety of alternative fuels including bio and synthetic methane and green methanol. The vessels also will be fitted with the next generation dual fuel internal combustion engines for reduced methane slip.
20-year partnership with Chantiers
Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman, MSC Cruises, said, ‘We are proud to continue our 20-year partnership with Chantiers de l’Atlantique, with whom we have already built 18 ships with our 19th under construction. The World class is a truly innovative prototype and together we are building some of the most advanced ships in the world. We are committed to researching and investing in future environmental technologies as they become available to ensure we continue progressing on our decarbonisation journey to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.’
Laurent Castaing, general manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique added, ‘At a difficult time for the European shipbuilding industry, MSC Cruises has shown its confidence in our abilities and skills with this order. We would therefore like to express our gratitude to MSC Cruises for its renewed confidence at this crucial time. In addition, MSC Cruises, always seeking to reduce the environmental impact of its ships quickly and significantly, has accepted a significant cost premium to improve the energy efficiency of these new ships which, according to the IMO's EEDI index, will emit 50% less CO2 than the IMO's 2008 benchmark.’
The orders are subject to financing.
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