MSC and Moby order LNG-ready ro-pax newbuild vessels from GSI

MSC and Moby have ordered four LNG-ready ro-pax ferry/cruise vessels, plus options for up four for more, from GSI Shipyard in China.

The four newbuilds will have 3,765 m of linear capacity and be able to accommodate 2,500 passengers. Two of the vessels are destined for MSC's Italy-based ferry business GNV, and two for Achille Onorato's company Moby.

The first vessel will be delivered in 2020, with the first for Achille Onorato coming in 2021. The newbuildings are designed to have a reduced environmental impact and will be LNG-ready.

There are options for four more vessels – two for each owner.

“Today we are taking a further step in the process begun some time ago of offering to our cargo and passenger customers the finest network of departures with vessels that are young, efficient and with low environmental impact,” said Achille Onorato.

“This further step will allow us, as we continue to invest for the long term, to offer a continuously improving service, increasingly consolidating our desire to take the brand Italy proudly across the seas and to constitute a resource and an infrastructure that serves our country, continuing to create new jobs.”

Posted 12 February 2018

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News