MSC Cruises Announce Ground-Breaking Air Sanitation Technology

MSC Cruises’ newest ship will be the first in the world to feature a pioneering ‘Safe Air’ system designed to control virus infections.

One of the largest and most technologically advanced ships to be built in Italy – and the first of MSC Cruises’ new Seaside Evo Class vessels – MSC Seashore will feature what the line describes as the “next generation” sanitation equipment.

Aimed at taking MSC’s existing Seaside Class to the next level, the 5,632-passenger ship is currently being constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard where designers are working with technicians from Trieste’s International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) to further improve air quality and cleanliness for passengers and crew.

MSC, the world’s biggest privately owned cruise line, was the first major cruise company to return to sea in August following the temporary halt of the global cruise industry due to Covid-19. To date, MSC Grandiosa has successfully completed nine seven-night Mediterranean voyages with more than 16,000 passengers and was recently joined by MSC Magnifica which is now sailing on 10-night Mediterranean itineraries.

A spokesman for the line said the new ‘Safe Air’ system had been developed in conjunction with the ICGEB, a leading global research institute, and explained: “The institute provides businesses with scientific support to develop innovative technological solutions for the control of virus infections, which is particularly relevant today given the current global pandemic.

“The ‘Safe Air’ next-generation sanitation system is based on the technology of UV-C lamps which are type C ultraviolet rays applied in combination with the ship’s air conditioning system, whereby air flow is radiated at source with a short wavelength light that hits organic particles and prevents the circulation of air pollutants such as viruses, bacteria and mould.”

MSC Seashore will also be equipped with the latest environmental technology, including a catalytic reduction system, exhaust gas cleaning technology, waste management and recycling systems, advanced water treatment systems, and an advanced energy and heat recovery system, as well as other technology to increase energy efficiency.

Scheduled to launch in July 2021, MSC Seashore will become the 19th ship in MSC’s rapidly expanding fleet. The vessel will spend the summer sailing on four to 18-night Mediterranean itineraries before moving to the Caribbean for winter 2021.

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Author Bio:

Known as the ‘River Cruise Queen’, Jeannine Williamson is an award-winning travel writer, cruise expert and our cruise correspondent, who has clocked up thousands of nautical miles.

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