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October 11, 2012

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Today to Saint-Nazaire of STX France the “Coin Ceremony” of the new ship from Precious cruise MSC has been carried out

The unit will be based on the port of Genoa

Today in the ship yard of Saint-Nazaire of the STX France the “Coin Ceremony” of Precious MSC has been carried out, the next flagship of fleet MSC Cruises. The event is a milestone in the process of construction of a ship and previews the welding of two commemorative coins to the support of radar installation.

The ship, of 140.000 tons of tonnage, is long 333 meters, wide 38 meters, will be able to reach a speed of 23 knots and will be able to accommodate until 4.345 passengers. The unit has been acquired from MSC Cruises as a result of the resolution of the contract between its owner original, the Libyan General National Maritime Transport Company (GNMTC) and yards STX Europe ( of 13 March 2012). Precious MSC will be the thirteenth unit of the fleet and the fourth flagship pertaining to the class “Fantasy”.

Remembering that with Precious MSC the ability total of the fleet of the company will go up 40.000 passengers, in occasion of the today's ceremony the MSC managing director Cruises, Pierfrancesco Vago, it has announced that 23 Precious MSC will be christened next March to Genoa, “one of the destinations - it has explained - more visited and loved by our crocieristi, besides to represent its first homeport in 2013”.

Next year MSC Cruises will very place nine ships on Genoa, enlivening in the course of the year almost 930,000 passengers for a total of beyond 200 ports of call. In from Liguria chief town the crocieristica company in existence has among other things an important slowly of investments through the presence of MSC Italcatering, affiliated company and in charge of the part food, and with the plan legacy to the new “Towers of Saint Benigno” currently under construction, a building that will carry all various active departments MSC in city under a same roof.

Nel course of the today's ceremony the general manager of STX France, Laurent Castaing, has evidenced some relative figures to the Precious construction of MSC that - it has emphasized - “are impressive and testifies the ambitions of both the companies: 30,000 tons of steel, 2,000 kilometers of cables, 1,751 passenger compartments and, currently, the 1,000 people who on board work every day of the new unit”.

After the inaugural cruise that they give the yards of Saint-Nazaire will carry the ship to Genoa for the baptism passing for Portugal, Spain, Morocco and France, in the summer of the 2013 Precious MSC will be placed in the Mediterranean and will carry its hosts to the discovery of Tunisia, France and Spain between Tunisi, Barcelona and Marseilles.

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