One year after the delivery of the first ship in the MERAVIGLIA series, the second unit, MSC Bellissima, was launched yesterday. It was during this ceremony – held in the presence of the official representatives of the MSC Cruises line and French Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire – that this new order was announced. As well as this announcement, there was confirmation of the start of production of the first two units in the MSC Series World Class series – the next generation of ships deliverable from 2022.
Meraviglia V, a technological breakthrough thanks to a change to gas propulsion
With a design identical to MSC Grandiosa and MSC Virtuosa, (length = 331 metres, width = 43 metres, passenger cabins = 2400), this new unit sets itself apart from other ships in that it is propelled by natural gas stored in liquefied form. This technology was developed by the shipyard that was one of the pioneers at the start of this century, implementing it on LNG tankers. Other technological innovations are also planned, particularly regarding water processing, in order to meet the highest standards in terms of respect for the environment.
“We are proud to be the preferred industrial partner of the MSC Cruises group, whose growth we have been supporting over the past 15 years: 13 ships have been delivered to MSC since 2003 and three are currently under construction. There is also the fifth ship in the Meraviglia series and the first two in the World Class series. These figures clearly demonstrate our client’s intensified growth plan and our commitment to supporting its ambitions,” stated Laurent Castaing, Director General of STX France.