Construction starts on MSC’s 3rd MERAVIGLIA-PLUS cruise ship MSC Euribia

   June 28, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

The first steel was cut on Monday, June 28, at Chantiers de l’Atlantique (shipbuilding company in Saint Nazaire, France) with which officially started the construction of MSC Cruises’ newest and most technologically advanced ship.

Set to enter service in June 2023, MSC Euribia will be MSC's 22nd fleet member as well as the fleet's 2nd LNG-powered (by liquefied natural gas) - after MSC World Europa (2022).

As every ship joining MSC’ fleet, Euribia will be equipped with some of the most advanced technologies to minimize her environmental impact. The start of her construction was marked by a steel cutting ceremony in Saint Nazaire bringing the cruise ship owner and shipyard together. Pierfrancesco Vago (MSC’s Executive Chairman) joined Laurent Castaing (shipbuilder’s General Manager) to launch the cutting of the first steel for the newbuild and, with it, the next step in the journey of the cruise company towards zero-impact operations.

MSC Euribia cruise ship

In terms of emissions with a global impact, LNG plays a key role in climate change mitigation. It is by far the cleanest marine fuel available at scale and it eliminates local air pollutant emissions such as SOx (99%), NOx (85%), and soot particles (98%). MSC Euribia’s engines can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 25% in comparison with standard fuels. 

MSC is committed to power at least 3 upcoming liners with LNG, representing a total investment of more than EUR 3 billion. The first one (World Europa) is under construction in Saint Nazaire and due to enter service in October 2022.