The Italian-Swiss shipowner MSC has placed an order for 2 billion euros with the Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire for two new liners, available in 2025 and 2027 and powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas).
This firm order is accompanied by the signing of two memoranda of understanding with the Atlantic shipyards, potentially involving 4 billion euros of additional investment, announced the Élysée Sunday, before the “Choose France” summit on Monday in Versailles.
In order to continue to convince that France is attractive despite the current social movements, Emmanuel Macron invited close to 200 French and foreign bosses for the 3rd edition of this summit, and on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
4 billion investments
Among other announcements in the part of “Choose France” represents the decision of Coca-Cola and its bottler to invest one billion euros over five years, half of which to strengthen their production and distribution network, and the other to develop and introduce products on the French market. In addition, the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca will invest 207 million euros over five years for the development of its factory in Dunkirk, where Mr. Macron is expected on Monday . In total, the announcements on Sunday evening relate to nearly 4 billion euros in firm investments.
Construction in Saint- Nazaire of the two new passenger liners of 6. 700 passengers each will generate “14 million hours of work, corresponding to 2. 400 jobs for three and a half years ”. The agreement also provides for the development of a new class of LNG liners as well as that of a new prototype of boats propelled partly under sail , integrating in fact the “best environmental innovations”, the cruise industry is regularly accused of polluting massively. LNG is a fuel that does not emit sulfur dioxide and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 20%, and more than 95% fine particles.