MSC Cruises has confirmed an order for two new “environmentally advanced” liquified natural gas-powered World-class ships with Chantiers de l’Atlantique.
The two new vessels will join sister ships MSC World Europa and the upcoming MSC World America when they arrive in 2026 and 2027 respectively.
The new vessels will be an evolution of the state-of-the-art World-class prototype, with innovative solutions to maximise the ships’ energy efficiency, such as extensive use of heat recovery and other technological solutions.
MSC also has an option for a fifth ship, which like its two just-ordered sisters, will be ready for a variety of alternative fuels including bio- and synthetic methane and green methanol.
The ships will also be fitted with the next generation data fuel internal combustion engines with reduced methane slip.
MSC’s new World-class vessels will also feature shorepower plug-in connectivity to reduce carbon emissions in-port; the most advanced wastewater treatment systems designed, new advances in waste management, and a comprehensive range of onboard energy-efficient equipment to optimise engine use and hotel energy needs.
“We are proud to continue our 20-year partnership with the Chantiers de l’Atlantique, with whom we have already built 18 ships with our 19 under construction,” MSC Cruises Executive Chair Pierfrancesco Vago said.
“The World class is a truly innovative prototype and together we are building some of the most advanced ships.”