(by Francesco De Filippo) (ANSA) – The first, the Seashore, has already been sailing the seas for about a year and boasted a record, being the largest ship ever built in Italy. Since this afternoon the Seashore has a sister ship – the MSC Seascape, over 147,000 tons – which sailed directly from Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyards, where she set sail for Civitavecchia. It will be the first stage of a long journey: this monster of the sea, costing one billion to invest, is destined to cross over into the Caribbean, a new market for both Italians, Europeans and Americans. Following the christening in New York on Dec. 7, she will offer weekly itineraries from Miami. She is not only huge: she has a low environmental impact and is a jewel of advanced on-board technology. In short, as has been underlined in several interventions, a pride of the national shipbuilding industry. For the MSC fleet – a global giant for shipping, logistics and transport, which employs 15,000 direct employees in Italy, generating an employment impact of a further 40,000 people – it is the 21st ship, the fourth purchased by Fincantieri. The two companies have a 7 billion investment plan in place for another six ships for the Explora Journeys brand. On board the flagship has a special room dedicated to Giuseppe Bono, the “great leader” as he was remembered in every intervention, even in a moving way. Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of Fincantieri, “looks optimistically to the future of the sector, aiming to remain a leader also thanks to a consolidated and ambitious partnership like the one with MSC”. But he indicates to the audience, where Infrastructure Minister Matteo Salvini is seated, that Italy “must decide if it wants to be industrial, if it wants to reindustrialise. We at Fincantieri are here and we are in heavy industry”. Vago also opened up the list of requests to the Government: “Much more needs to be done on infrastructure”, that is, shipowners must “find electrified docks in the ports, and supplies of LNG and hydrogen”. Then, “we need more training for crews, more efforts for cybersecurity; we have to hire thousands of people in the technology sector but we can’t find them”. And again, “shipping, logistics and transport require huge investments and are based on multi-year spending programs, therefore political stability and a constant presence in Europe are needed: most of the shipping issues are decided there”. Finally, the cruise ships in Venice: “We need a definitive solution. The sudden change” of the routes” has caused damage. An alternative solution is difficult”. The minister went back to attacking the fit for 55, the EU climate package: there are steps “absolutely unfeasible, in some cases self-defeating and risk bringing entire supply chains to their knees and giving the other side of the world what is Italian business” , borders on the folly “outlawing and outlawing internal combustion engines by 2035”. He, who will entrust the proxies to the sea with a view to allocating them to Deputy Rixi “, found on his table” over 100 public works commissioned throughout Italy; this jewel was formed in three years “. And he assured his commitment to the bridge over the Strait of Messina, the production of Italian steel and the latest generation of nuclear power. (ANSA).
Here is MSCSeascape, the largest ship built in Italy – Shipping e Cantieri