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MV MSC Magnifica – Past and Present

MV MSC Magnifica

© Christian Plagué

© Christian Plagué

Steel twin pod motor vessel built in 2009 by STX Europe (Saint-Nazaire), France  (Yard No.T32) for MSC Cruise Line .

Technical Data

  • Length: 293.8m (964.5 ft)(overall), 269.14m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 32.3m (105.6 ft)
  • Draught: 8.0m (26.2 ft)(max)
  • Tonnage:  85,000 gross/9429t deadweight
  • Engines:  Five Wärtsilä W16V38B diesels.
  • Power/Propellers: 31680 kW/ 2 pods
  • Speed: 23 knots
  • Capacity: 2,550 passengers
  • Crew: 1,027 (max)
  • Navigation Officers: Italian
  • Passenger Decks: 13
  • Call Sign:  3FL04
  • MMSI Number: 352594000
  • IMO Number: 9387085
  • Registry: Panama
  • Sister Ships:  MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra, MSC Poesia
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January 2009: Floated out, being the fourth “Panamax” vessel in the “Musica” class.

© Jörn Prestien  © Jörn Prestien

🆕© Jörn Prestien (14/07/2009)

January 17th 2010:  Completed sea trials. Registered Owner; S32 Leasing Co Ltd, Switzerland. Registered Manager; MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co, Switzerland

February 26th – February 28th 2010: Due at Southampton for “Showcase” event .

March 6th 2010: Christening by Sophia Loren in Hamburg.


© Christian Plagué

© Christian Plagué

© Erwin Willemse  © Erwin Willemse

🆕 © Erwin Willemse (04/10/2014)

© Pieter Inpyn   © Pieter Inpyn

🆕 © Pieter Inpyn (20/04/2018)

We would like to thank: Pieter Inpyn, Christian Plagué, the late Jörn Prestien and Erwin Willemse for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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