MSC Cruises has confirmed the order of two more liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered vessels with French ship yard Chantiers de l’Atlantique to boost the number in its fleet to four.
The cruise line will receive the additional two World Class ships in 2026 and 2027, while it also has the option for a fifth ship.
MSC claims World Europa and World America are already the most energy efficient ships in the industry, performing ‘significantly’ better than the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) requirement.
It said the new ships will have ‘innovative solutions to maximise the energy efficiency, with extensive use of heat recovery and other technological solutions, which will see the vessels having an even further reduced carbon footprint’.
In addition, the new ships 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 dual fuel internal combustion engines with reduced methane slip, said MSC.
Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago added: “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 19th under construction.
“The World Class is a truly innovative prototype and together we are building some of the most advanced ships in the world. We are committed to researching and investing in future environmental technologies as they become available, to ensure we continue progressing on our decarbonisation journey to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”
The new World Class ships will include shore power plug-in connectivity to reduce carbon emissions in port, the ‘most advanced’ wastewater treatment systems designed in line with the IMO, new advances in waste management, and a comprehensive range of onboard energy efficient equipment to optimise engine use and hotel energy needs to further reduce emissions.