The Geneva based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Group and Onorato Armatori, the Italian ferry company, have signed a contract with Guangzhou Shipyard International Co. (GSI) and China Shipbuilding Trading Co., (CSTC) to build four 2,500-passenger, 3,765-lane metre cruise ferries, the Meditelegraph.com reports on its website. The contract includes an option for four additional vessels.
The new ships will be 229.50 metres in length and 32 metres wide with 534 cabins for up to 2,500 passengers, and can travel at a speed of 23.5 knots. They have been classed by RINA. Additionally, the vessels will feature a variety of environmentally friendly features including LNG-ready engines. The ship ship should enter service in 2020, the report said.
GSI and CSTC are subsidiaries of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). Of the initial order for four: Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV), MSC Group’s Genoa, Italy-based ferry business, will receive the delivery of the first and third vessel, a statement said. Onorato Armatori will receive the second and fourth, Meditelegraph said.