Monfalcone, Italy (PortSEurope) November 27, 2018 – Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri SpA has started the construction of the MSC Seashore cruise ship of MSC Cruises which will be the largest cruise unit ever built in Italy.
The ship, with a gross tonnage of 170,000 tonnes, will be 339 metres long, equipped with 2,270 cabins and will have the capacity to board over 5,600 passengers along with almost 1,700 crew members.
The construction of the new ship entails for the company an investment of almost €1 billion ($1.1 billion) and will require over 10 million man-hours of work, thus employing up to 4,000 people.
MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said: “With the Seaside Class, we introduced to the market one of the more innovative cruise ship prototypes all-around – our fifth out of six to-date – thus setting a new industry standard for others to follow. Today, only one year after MSC Seaside entered into service, we are taking this award-winning concept to the next level by starting the construction of a further evolved and even richer ship. MSC Seashore is an example of our commitment to bringing the most innovative and technologically-advanced tonnage to the sea, and will be bestowed with the latest and best maritime and environmental technology available.”
The CEO of Fincantieri, Giuseppe Bono, stated: “The design of this ship is the perfect symbol of what Fincantieri has become and of what the Group today represents on the international market scene and at an overall industrial level. MSC Seashore is designed to impress: first of all due to her size, she will be by far the largest ship ever built in Italy, allowing us to further increase our management standards, but even for her top-class technological level. She is a prototype that we developed based on a one-of-a-kind and hugely successful platform as Seaside is demonstrating to be”. Bono then concluded: “Over and above that, we are very proud to contribute to the growth of MSC Cruises, a company which is emerging as one of the major market players”.
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