In a tradition that dates back over 2,500 years to the ancient Greeks, a coin ceremony was held at the keel laying at Italy’s Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard for 5,877-passenger MSC Seascape
As the second in the Seaside EVO class, 169,400-gt MSC Seascape will be the longest cruise vessel in MSC Cruises’ fleet. Like sister ship MSC Seashore, 65% of the spaces on MSC Seascape have been reimagined to improve the guest experience and choice: 2,270 cabins of 12 different types and suites with balconies, including highly desirable aft suites, 11 dining experiences and 19 bars and lounges with outdoor food and beverage options.
Godmothers for the ceremony were MSC category manager retail Monica Somma, and Fincantieri production supervisor Jolette Vincenzi, who placed the two coins in the ship’s keel as a traditional gesture of blessing and good omen.
In attendance were MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and Fincantieri chief executive Giuseppe Bono.
Mr Vago, said “MSC Seascape confirms our long-term vision to achieve zero-impact cruise operations. Like every new ship we build, we are equipping MSC Seascape with some of the latest environmental technologies and solutions, including emissions reduction and the latest generation wastewater treatment systems".
Those environmental technologies include selective catalytic reduction systems on each of the ship’s four engines, designed to reduce NOx emissions by 90% by converting gas into harmless nitrogen and water, and hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems to remove 98% of the ship’s SOx. The ship will have advanced wastewater treatment systems with higher purification standards than most onshore treatment plants, advanced waste management systems, US Coast Guard-approved ballast water treatment systems, latest technology systems for preventing oil discharges from machinery, and additional technologies for increased energy efficiency, including heat recovery and LED lighting systems. The ship will also be equipped with a water-irradiated noise management system to reduce the potential effects on marine mammals.
MSC Seascape will enter service in November 2022.
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