From the launch of the MSC Seashore to the announcement of the world’s first hydrogen-powered cruise ship.

In front of Fincantieri’s main quay, the MSC Seashore was launched last Monday and it’s already history! With 339 metres height, it has become the largest ship ever built in Italy and the most technologically advanced..

While its sister ship – Msc Seascape – is also being launched, Msc Crociere’s executive chairman, Piefrancesco Vago, announces: a trilateral pact has been signed between MSC, Snam and Fincantieri to launch the project for a hydrogen-powered ship.

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“The MSC Group’s Cruise Division, Fincantieri and Snam have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly evaluate the design and construction of the world’s first hydrogen-powered cruise ship,” a statement said.

As a company that has long placed environmental sustainability at the heart of its business,” continued Executive Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago, “we want to be at the forefront of the energy revolution for our industry, and hydrogen can make a significant contribution in this area. However, today production levels remain low and hydrogen fuel is still far from being available on a large scale. With this project we want to introduce this promising technology to our fleet and the industry, while sending the strongest possible signal to the market about how seriously we take our environmental commitments. As we move forward with the development of the necessary technology, I am confident that energy suppliers will also accelerate production, and governments and the public sector will step in with the necessary support for a project that is critical to the decarbonisation of the cruise and shipping industries. Given our Group’s long-term commitment in Italy, we are particularly pleased to join forces with two leading Italian companies on this key project for us and for the entire industry.”

“Every opportunity to develop new solutions and technologies is a source of growth for us. This allows us to offer our customers the best in innovation to help minimise environmental impact,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri.

“Maritime transport today accounts for around 3% of CO2 emissions globally. The use of hydrogen can contribute to achieving net zero emissions in this sector as well as in all hard-to-abate sectors. Snam is strongly committed to promoting sustainable mobility by road, rail and sea through concrete actions promoting the use of renewable gases such as hydrogen and Bio-GNL. This agreement is part of a broader strategy aimed at leveraging Snam’s experience, expertise and technologies in renewable gas and energy efficiency, with the objective of contributing to the full decarbonisation of the shipping industry, including ports and logistics, which will be increasingly important in our economies”, adds Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam.