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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 

The Cruise Division of MSC Group has officially taken delivery from Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard of its new flagship 'MSC Seashore' the largest cruise ship to be built in Italy.

Sister ship MSC Seascape is currently under construction at Monfalcone and is due to enter service in winter 2022.

Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, said: “The construction of MSC Seashore is an investment that generates an impact on the Italian economy of almost €5bn and the employment of up to 4,300 workers over the last two years. Furthermore, the coming into service of our new flagship will activate an important economic and employment driver, generating a further significant economic impact every year. The delivery of this new flagship, particularly in this period, represents a decisive sign of reasoned optimism, which confirms our Group’s confidence both in the future of the cruise sector, and in the capacity of Italian manufacturing and industry. Overall, our investment plan in Italy with Fincantieri - in addition to the three ships already built, including MSC Seashore - currently envisages the construction of another five ships, able of generating an additional economic benefit for the country of over €13bn.”

Giuseppe Bono, CEO Fincantieri, said: “MSC Seashore is the fourth cruise ship that we have delivered in Italy during this still extremely demanding year, demonstrating the effectiveness of our production and management system. All these milestones, and others to come, have been successfully achieved and this is never taken for granted. This is why I consider this ship not only the best symbol of recovery for the whole cruise sector, but also of the capability of the Group to leverage its competences and soundness to fully preserve our workload”.

MSC is committed to environmental performance. With a long-term goal to achieve a net zero-impact cruise operation by 2050, each new ship represents another step towards this goal, alongside other investments to help accelerate the development of next-generation environmental technology. MSC Seashore features environmental technologies and equipment including hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems and  selective catalytic reduction systems, achieving a 98% reduction SOx emissions and reducing NOx emissions by 90%. The wastewater treatment system has been designed in line with IMO MEPC 227(64) Resolution to achieve purification standards that are higher than most wastewater treatment facilities ashore.

MSC Seashore has received two additional class notations from the classification society RINA. The first is the Sustainable Ship notation, a goal-based notation assignable to ships that demonstrate they meet sustainability-related requirements, reflecting the strategic sustainability goals adopted by the UN. The second is the Biosafe Ship notation for infection risk mitigation, a goal-based voluntary notation that certifies that the ship is equipped with systems, components and has a layout and operational procedures that reduce infection risk.

The 339m, 170,400gt MSC Seashore is the first Seaside EVO ship, an evolution of the Seaside class joining sister ships MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, which launched in 2017 and 2018 respectively. She has capacity for 5877 passengers and 1648 crew.

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