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MSC Cruises will add advanced air sanitation to its cruise ships

MSC Seashore rendering

MSC Cruises announced the MSC Seashore cruise ship will be the first ship feature new advanced air sanitation technology aimed at reducing virus threat.

Dubbed "Safe Air", the new air sanitation system will be fitted on MSC Seashore, which is currently under construction at the Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard.

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 mold.

The ‘Safe Air’ sanitation system was developed by Fincantieri’s designers and technicians and the virology laboratory of the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, a leading global research institute headquartered in Trieste, Italy.

MSC Seashore is set to be delivered in July 2021 and be the first of two ‘Seaside Evo’ Class ships.

MSC Seashore render

One of many health protocols on MSC cruise ships

MSC has already implemented its own set of health protocols on cruise ships that have been sailing in Europe.

MSC Grandiosa resumed 7-night sailings in the West Mediterranean since August 16.

The new health protocols include:

  • Temperature check
  • Review of a personal health questionnaire
  • COVID-19 antigen swab test.
  • Crew are tested up to three times before being permitted to start their work
  • Elevated sanitation and cleaning
  • Protected ‘bubble’ shore excursions
  • Facemasks
  • Maintaining social distancing
  • Enhanced onboard medical facilities
  • Daily health monitoring
  • A robust contingency plan

The protocol was designed by MSC Cruises’ in-house specialists in medical services, public health and sanitation, hotel services, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, other shipboard engineering systems, information technology and logistics.

A Blue-Ribbon COVID-19 Expert Group, comprised of a panel of internationally respected highly qualified professionals whose role is to inform and review the MSC Cruises’ protocol to ensure that the cruise line’s actions are appropriate, effective and informed by the best available science and health practices, was also established.