Published on : Tuesday, December 7, 2021
MSC Group and Chantiers de l’Atlantique celebrate two significant new-build milestones for the construction of two new vessels. MSC World Europa and MSC Euribia become the first Liquified Natural Gas-powered (LNG) vessels to join the MSC Cruises fleet next year representing an investment of €3 billion in such ships.
Construction on World Europa II is also due to commence in early 2023. Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman, MSC Cruises, said another important milestone in our journey towards net zero emissions by 2050 for our marine operations. As the cleanest fuel currently available at scale for our operations, LNG is at the vanguard of the momentous energy transition we must go through.
The traditional coin ceremony tradition took place as the keel was laid for MSC Cruises’ second LNG-powered ship, MSC Euribia, one of the most environmentally high performing contemporary vessels built in France. Anne Claire Juventin, responsible for quality control from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique, and Valentina Mancini, brand manager from MSC Cruises performed the traditional maritime ritual as godmothers representing the shipowner and the shipbuilder.
Laurent Castaing, general manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, added more to it said it is indeed a very special moment we are living today. This is not only because these ships are respectively the 15th and the 16th we are building for MSC Cruises which shows the outstanding quality of the relationship we established between our two companies since the 1990s.