Chantiers de l’Atlantique launches first LNG-powered newbuild for MSC Cruises

French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique has launched the first LNG-powered vessel it is building for Switzerland-based cruise operator MSC Cruises.

Chantiers held a launching ceremony for the LNG-powered MSC World Europa at its yard in Saint-Nazaire on December 2, according to a joint statement.

The yard would now move the vessel to a wet dock for work to continue on the ship until its delivery in November 2022, the statement said.

In addition, the two firms also confirmed the installation of a fuel cell pilot plant on board MSC World Europa known as Blue Horizon.

The technology would use LNG to convert fuel into electricity at “one of the highest efficiencies of any power solution available today, producing electricity and heat on board.”

MSC World Europa would welcome its first guests from December 2022 and would spend its inaugural season in the Gulf region, from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, giving guests the “ultimate winter cruise experience.”

Keel laid for LNG-powered MSC Euribia

Besides floating out MSC World Europa, Chantiers held a keel-laying ceremony for MSC Cruises’ second LNG-powered ship, MSC Euribia.

This vessel should enter service in June 2023.

Chantiers will also build a third LNG-powered ship, World Europa II. Work on this vessel is due to start in early 2023.

MSC Cruises said the total investment in these LNG-powered vessels exceeds 3 billion euros ($3.38 billion).

In addition, TotalEnergies will bunker these three ships in the French port of Marseille, using its second LNG bunkering vessel it has chartered from MOL.

China’s Hudong has recently delivered the 18,600-cbm capacity Gas Vitality. The vessel should later this month arrive in France.

- Advertisements -

Most Popular

Golden Pass LNG to speed up pipeline construction

QatarEnergy and ExxonMobil are seeking approval from US energy regulators to increase the peak workforce to speed up the...

US FERC to decide on Venture Global’s CP2 LNG project

The US FERC is set to decide next week on Venture Global LNG's proposed CP2 LNG project in Louisiana. According...

Singapore LNG bunkering volumes hit new record

Singapore’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering sales reached a new record in May, according to Singapore’s Maritime and Port...

More News Like This

MSC Cruises: LNG-powered MSC World America launched in France

French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique has launched the second LNG-powered world class vessel it is building for MSC Cruises,...

Keel laid for second Ritz-Carlton LNG-powered yacht in France

French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique is moving forward with construction on The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's second LNG-powered superyacht. Chantiers de...

CMA CGM takes delivery of first of 10 LNG-powered feeder vessels

French shipping giant CMA CGM has taken delivery of the first ship in a series of 10 new 2,000-teu...

Peninsula, MSC Cruises in first Cadiz LNG bunkering op

Marine fuel supplier Peninsula and MSC's cruise division have completed what they say is the first liquefied natural gas...