August 14th, 2008, 10:36 AM
business must be good!
Aker bags another two orders from MSC Cruises
Aker Yards and MSC Cruises have signed a contract for two Musica-class ships. The 90,000gt vessels will be built at Aker Yards, Saint-Nazaire in France and delivered in February 2011 and February 2012. The contract is subject to financing. A price was not announced. The last Musica-class ship contracted by MSC, in March 2006, was at a price of approximately €450m.
MSC currently has three ships under construction at St Nazaire: MSC Fantasia delivering this December and MSC Splendida arriving next March - both post-Panamax vessels, and 90,000gt MSC Magnifica delivering in spring 2010
August 14th, 2008, 06:10 PM
Well that is interesting. I though they might be cutting back on further orders what with the fuel prices and the state of the economy. Mind you if it's subject to financing, they may have issues since Bankers everywhere are chasing deposits rather than large lending deals and usually in recession, the leisure idustry suffers
August 14th, 2008, 06:22 PM
August 14, 2008 http://www.cruisecritic.com/images/pixel.gif MSC Signs for Two More New Ships Some analysts and media outlets may be predicting a major slowdown in new ship orders -- but news today that MSC Cruises (http://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/cruiseline.cfm?CruiseLineID=80) will further expand its quickly growing fleet turns that theory on its head.
The Italian cruise line has signed a contract with Aker Yards (http://www.akeryards.com/) to build two more ships, according to the shipyard's Web site. Though exact tonnage and design details for these two new-builds are yet to be released, the Aker Yards statement indicates that the ships will belong to the Musica (http://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=361) class; those vessels measure 89,600 tons and carry 2,550 passengers.
MSC Cruises is one of the fastest growing lines in the industry with two ships coming onto the scene in 2008 alone (MSC Poesia (http://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=384) launched in March, and MSC Fantasia (http://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=379) -- its largest at 133,500 tons and carrying 3,300 passengers -- is due out later this year). MSC Splendida (http://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=380), a sister to MSC Fantasia, is planned for spring 2009; MSC Magnifica (http://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=488), the fourth ship in the Musica class, will launch in spring 2010.
The just-ordered vessels will be built at Aker's Saint-Nazaire yard for delivery in February 2011 and February 2012, respectively. Though signed, the contract is still subject to financing.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor