MSC Cruises Invites Artists and Designers to Design Hull of Upcoming Ship

Oct 27, 2021

MSC Cruises gives designers and artists from all over the world an opportunity to design the hull of the Euribia, currently under construction at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint Nazaire, France. Since it is International Artists’ Day, MSC Cruises have decided to make it the beginning of the contest. 

“The winning design will be yet another sign of our ongoing commitment to protecting the oceans and achieving net-zero operations, an ambitious goal that we have set for ourselves to reach by 2050 or sooner. And through this contest, the MSC Euribia as she sails the world will be proudly showcasing this important message of our commitment on her hull for all to see,” said Executive Chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, Pierfrancesco Vago.

MSC Euribia will be MSC’s most environmentally advanced ship to date, and is named after the ancient goddess of Eurybia who harnessed the winds, weather, and constellations to master the seas.

The winner’s artwork will be featured as a permanent design across the ship’s hull, much like the designs that can be seen on the hulls of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships.

Entries will be judged by a panel of international judges, including sand artist Jben, known for his large-scale sand art that washes away with the tide; architect Martin Francis; and Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises.

Only one winner will have its artwork showcased on the ship’s hull. Five finalists will have their designs displayed in an exhibition on board the Euribia.

International judges, including sand artist Jben, architect Martin Francis and Vago himself will judge the entries. Submissions opened on Monday, October 25, and will stay open for eight weeks.

MSC Euribia is scheduled to enter service in 2023, and become the second LNG (liquefied natural gas)-powered ship in the cruise line’s fleet. LNG plays a key role in the journey towards climate change mitigation, and Euribia‘s engines have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 21 percent compared to standard fuels, while also virtually eliminating other air emissions.

The capacity of Euribia is 4,888 passengers and should come into service in 2023.