Class society, RINA has signed a contract with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) to class the largest cruise ship to be built in China.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Wang Qi, SWS Chairman, said, “The Chinese cruise ship industry is expanding rapidly, and the new vessel is being designed to respond to that growth as well as Chinese tastes.
“China’s burgeoning economy is providing increased demand for leisure activities encouraged by the Chinese government, while its large geographic area and population promise sustained demand and no shortage of potential routes,” he said.
With an overall length of about 341 m and of around 140,000 gt, the cruise ship will be the largest ever built in China with a capacity for more than 6,500 of passengers and crew on board.
Mario Moretti, RINA’s Asia Marine Senior Director, said, “The Chinese shipbuilding industry has been the number one in the world for some time. But this has historically been focused on merchant and cargo vessels.
“We are very pleased to be working closely with SWS in building China’s largest ever passenger ship. The agreement represents a milestone in Chinese shipbuilding as it expands into the passenger sector responding to the growth of seaborne tourism,” he said.
The cruise project will be built according to the highest standards ever applied in China for environmental protection with RINA additional class notations ‘Green Plus’ and ‘HVSC’ (High Voltage Shore Connection).
Furthermore, the cruise ship design and equipment will follow the RINA notation ‘Biosafe Ship’, aiming to control and prevent possible on board infection outbreak.
The cruise ship is expected to be delivered in December, 2025.
In addition, RINA has awarded ‘Watchful’ certification of technology qualification for the security system (CCTV) on board ‘MSC Virtuosa’.
The process consisted of the validation of new technology – or an existing one applied to a new environment – to verify, among other requirements, its fitness for purpose, its safety and reliability, and its compliance with the regulatory framework.
MSC explained that this certification is based on the system’s compliance assessment with the applicable international guidelines and RINA’s standards and follows thorough technical analysis to ascertain that the CCTV system is flawlessly integrated with the compulsory mooring and docking camera system.
The certification also verified ‘MSC Virtuosa’s’ CCTV systems’ compliance with MSC Cruises’ safety and security operational requirements to support the crew in the identification of problems that might occur on board, the company said.