New ship MSC Seashore is being touted as the first to feature advanced air sanitation technology to reduce virus risk.

The ‘Safe Air’ system will improve further the quality and cleanliness of the on board air for its passengers and crew.

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

The next-generation sanitation system is based on UV-C lamps technology with ultraviolet rays applied in combination with the ship’s air conditioning system, according to the company.

Air flow is then radiated at source with a short wavelength light that hits organic particles and prevents the circulation of air pollutants such as viruses, bacteria and mould.

The system was developed by designers and technicians at Italian ship builder Fincantieri and the virology laboratory of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, a global research institute in Trieste.

The latest initiative is part of ongoing health and safety measures which enabled MSC Cruises to become the first major line to return to service in August with new Covid protocols following the temporary halt of the global industry in March as a result of the pandemic.

MSC Seashore will also be fitted with shore-to-ship power capabilities that allow the vessel to connect to local power grids in port to help reduce emissions.