MSC Cruises and Fincantieri have signed orders for the construction of two Seaside EVO ships – further evolution of the Seaside-class prototype, for an investment of €1.8 Bn (US$2.1 Bn).
The announcement took place at the delivery ceremony of MSC Seaside, the company’ second newbuild to come into service in 2017.
MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said “As we are nearing the end of 2017, we can look back on a year when we enjoyed unprecedented capacity growth. With two of the more innovative new ships in the industry having come into service in the past six months and now with the addition of two Seaside EVO ships to our investment plan, we are now even better positioned to further extend our global footprint. We are expecting the delivery of at least one new ship each year through 2026, with six to have come into service between 2017 and 2020.”
Following the new agreement between MSC Cruises and Fincantieri, the initial slot reservation agreement to build a third Seaside-class ship to be delivered in 2021 has been replaced to instead build the first of two Seaside EVO ships. The second ship is set to come into service in 2023.
169,380 GT Seaside EVO ships will have capacity for up to 5,646 passengers. MSC Cruises said that like the Seaside-class, the Seaside EVO ships will be equipped with the latest advanced environmental technology, including: a selective catalytic reduction system, an advanced active emissions control technology system that significantly reduces nitrogen oxide into harmless nitrogen and water; exhaust gas cleaning technology; state-of-the-art waste management and recycling systems; advanced water treatment systems – going above and beyond regulatory standards and meeting the highest industry standards; and, an advanced energy and heat recovery system.
Across the ships, there will be the latest generation of energy-saving devices and all areas will feature LED lighting. MSC Cruises added in a statement “The ships will be ultra-hydrodynamic and thanks to optimised hull lines, propellers and rudders, combined with the latest anti-fouling paint, wave resistance will be further reduced, and greater fuel-efficiency will be achieved.”