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Explora Journeys orders Fincantieri to build more two luxury cruise ships

They will be powered by hydrogen and will be delivered in 2027 and 2028. Two previously commissioned ships will be enlarged to be powered by LNG

Explora Journeys, the cruise brand of the MSC group, and the Navalmeccanica companies Fincantieri have signed today a memorandum of agreement for the construction of two additional ships from luxury cruise powered by hydrogen, thus bringing the total number of the company's fleet from four to six unit ( of 18 October 2018, 14 March and 11 September 2019). MSC and Fincantieri have announced that the new Explora V and Explora VI will feature a new generation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines, thus providing an answer to the issue of emissions climate-changing, and will also be equipped with technologies and solutions record-breaking environmental standards for the sector, including a collection system of liquid hydrogen that will allow you to use this promising low-carbon fuel. In particular, hydrogen fuel will power a six-megawatt fuel to produce emission-free energy for operation from hotel areas and allow ships to operate at "zero emissions" in port, with engines Off.

The two new buildings will enter into service, in 2027 and 2028 respectively. Explora Journeys also has announced that the previously announced ships, Explora III and Explora IV, will now be powered by LNG. The two units will be enlarged by 19 meters to allow the installation of a new generation system based on LNG and hydrogen. This has also offered the opportunity to improve hospitality on board, thanks to a higher number of spacious and luxurious passenger suites and larger public spaces.

The two additional ships, the subject of the memorandum signed today, bring to 3.5 billion euros the total investment of Explora Journeys to build its fleet. This figure includes the upgrade of Explora III and Explora IV with engines to LNG, for a further 120 million each, a modification that has requested a temporary interruption of the work due to the significant redesign of ships, the delivery of which is now scheduled for 2026 and 2027.

"Bold initiatives such as changing the project of shipbuilding, making significant investments additional regarding existing orders and confirm orders for two more ships equipped with new technology, despite the economic situation - took over the CEO of Explora Journeys, Michael Ungerer - is something that only a family business is able to do. But it is also of the demonstration of our unequivocal commitment to operate ships able to attract the next generations of travelers in the luxury sector. Sustainability is the new craftsmanship and we are honored to take a pioneering position in the cruise industry and in the travel sector in general'.

Commenting on the new order, the executive chairman of the Cruise Division of the MSC group, Pierfrancesco Vago, has underlined that "today's announcement marks a further significant step forward towards our goal of achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 in all cruise operations for both our brands and provides further proof of our commitment to investing in the most advanced environmental technologies available for the development of sustainable solutions for the future. The transition to operations zero emissions for the maritime industry - highlighted Vago - is the biggest challenge we will have to face, and it will be achieved only if everyone will do their part, with investments significant both from companies and governments."

The new CEO of Fincantieri, Pierroberto Folgiero, noted that "this is absolutely the first major agreement for new construction after the emergency pandemic and testifies not only to the further growth of our long-standing partnership with MSC, to which our thanks, but also the confidence of both groups in the future of the cruise industry'.

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