WHY IT RATES: MSC Cruises is charting its course towards the last word objective of changing into an environmental chief within the world maritime sector and attaining zero-impact operations sooner or later. This yr, the cruise line was honored with a 2020 Marine Atmosphere Safety Awards from the North American Marine Atmosphere Safety Affiliation and transparently detailed its eco-friendly efforts in its 2019 Sustainability Report. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Affiliate Author
MSC Cruises’ industry-leading sustainability program has been acknowledged on the North American Marine Atmosphere Safety Affiliation (NAMEPA) 2020 Marine Atmosphere Safety Awards, being honored with the Maritime Trade class award.
This recognition praises MSC Cruises’ multifaceted environmental work and acknowledges three key sustainability milestones achieved in 2019: the beginning of building of MSC World Europa, the primary of as much as 9 latest-generation LNG-powered vessels to hitch the Firm’s fleet within the subsequent decade; the restoration of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas to its unique, pristine state; and the significant steps taken to section out single-use plastic objects throughout the fleet.
In parallel, MSC Cruises just lately printed its 2019 Sustainability Report. Constructed on the Firm’s long-term ambitions, the Report highlights MSC Cruises’ imaginative and prescient to turn out to be an environmental chief within the world maritime sector, attracts a pathway for the Firm to ever extra absolutely embrace a sustainable future, and summarizes key sustainability milestones achieved prior to now yr.
MSC Cruises’ sustainability program is organized round 4 key pillars: Planet, Individuals, Place and Procurement. This interprets right into a drive to constantly enhance the fleet’s environmental efficiency; caring for all workers and selling variety and inclusion; working to make sure that the affect on the coastal communities that MSC Cruises reaches stays optimistic; and responsibly sourcing the services and products that the Firm purchases.
Important achievements in sustainability in 2019 for MSC Cruises embrace the next:
—Beginning building of MSC World Europa, the Firm’s first LNG-powered ship. With considerably lowered emissions, which can incorporate a ground-breaking trial of stable oxide gas cell know-how to additional help the event of this superior know-how in direction of decarbonization efforts.
—The opening of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas, transformed from a former sand extraction web site right into a vacation spot with sustainability at its core. MSC Cruises is now working to determine a coral nursery and a marine laboratory on the island to assist the regeneration of coral and ocean wildlife across the island. When accomplished, these two initiatives will turn out to be a central characteristic of friends’ expertise on the island.
—This yr has additionally seen the efforts of the newly launched MSC Basis turn out to be a key actor and an necessary car to channel MSC Cruises’ charitable efforts and to additional improve relationships with the communities that its fleet serves. Throughout Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas in August and September of 2019, MSC was there offering humanitarian aid, delivering greater than 250 containers of products together with water, rice, turbines and constructing supplies.
—As enterprise grew in 2019, so did the quantity and variety of workers at MSC Cruises. Over eight,000 women and men joined the MSC Cruises’ household in 2019, from 124 nationalities. Past defending the atmosphere, sustainability additionally means supporting the individuals who work with the enterprise and select to journey with it, in addition to the communities and locations that its vessels go to and do enterprise with.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Govt Chairman mentioned, “We’re honored to obtain this award, which acknowledges our ongoing efforts to embrace a zero-impact future. As an organization, we’re unequivocally dedicated to defending the atmosphere, the coastal communities that we attain and all our workers. Our long-term imaginative and prescient is to turn out to be an environmental chief throughout the general maritime sector. We’re doing this by continuously taking steps to lower our fleet’s environmental affect and investing within the accelerated improvement of next-generation environmental applied sciences and options.”
Earlier than coming into service, all MSC Cruises’ newbuilds are geared up with among the newest environmental applied sciences and options out there to reduce their environmental footprint. These programs are often upgraded all through the vessel’s lifetime of service, and even changed by newer options throughout drydocks.
When it comes to air emissions, this contains the deployment of hybrid exhaust gasoline cleansing programs (EGCS) and selective catalytic discount programs (SCR) to reduce sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter on the level of exhaust. All ships delivered from 2017 onwards are additionally geared up with chilly ironing capabilities to hook up with native energy grids whereas at berth, which leads to a powerful lower of air emissions whereas the ship is in port.
Taking a look at wastewater administration, MSC Cruises’ ships are geared up with superior remedy programs that flip blackwater into almost faucet water high quality, ballast water remedy programs, and freshwater manufacturing vegetation able to producing sufficient consuming water to cowl the ship’s wants.
MSC Cruises vessels additionally incorporate among the newest power effectivity options to lower gas consumption. This contains the widespread use of LED lighting, sensible heating, air flow and air con (HVAC) programs and warmth restoration loops, to call a couple of. On this context, MSC Cruises has set an formidable 2.5% gas year-on-year gas consumption discount goal that goals at enhancing efficiency and attaining substantial air emissions discount.
MSC Cruises is on the brink of take supply of MSC Virtuosa and MSC Seashore within the first half of 2021. Each vessels will characteristic the vary of environmental applied sciences and options highlighted above and will probably be amongst the Firm’s greenest and most effective cruise ships but.
In 2022, MSC Cruises will take supply of MSC World Europa, the primary of as much as 9 latest-generation LNG-powered cruise ships which are resulting from be part of the Firm’s fleet within the subsequent decade. LNG is the cleanest gas that’s at the moment out there to the transport sector. In comparison with customary marine gas, LNG achieves substantial air emissions reductions by way of SOx, NOx, particulate matter and carbon dioxide (CO2).
MSC World Europa will equally characteristic a brand new 50-kilowatt demonstrator system that comes with stable oxide gas cell (SOFC) know-how that can use LNG to provide electrical energy and warmth onboard. This affords a possible to cut back emissions of greenhouse gases by about 30% in contrast with typical LNG engines, with no NOx, SOx or nice particle emissions. It additionally affords the benefit of being appropriate with different upcoming low carbon fuels corresponding to forms of methanol, ammonia and hydrogen.
MSC Cruises additionally introduced in July this yr that it might be investing within the Palumbo Shipyard Malta to doubtlessly furnish it with state-of-the-art know-how to permit the servicing of LNG powered vessels within the Mediterranean. Additional proof of MSC Cruises’ intent to steer the sector on this respect.
When it comes to greenhouse gasoline emissions, in step with the Worldwide Maritime Group’s imaginative and prescient for the decarbonization of the maritime sector, MSC Cruises’ objective is to cut back its fleet’s carbon depth by 40% by 2030 towards a 2008 baseline. Having already achieved a 28% enchancment, the Firm’s goal is to achieve one other 12% within the subsequent ten years.
Linden Coppell, MSC Cruises’ Sustainability Director, commented: “Our 2019 Sustainability Report confirming our priorities and actions, not least in supporting the formidable carbon discount objectives of the transport , places sustainability firmly on the beating coronary heart of our enterprise. We stay up for implementing the goals contained inside it and persevering with MSC Cruises’ journey in direction of environmental management within the world maritime sector.”
Whereas in that yr, the worldwide maritime additionally acknowledged MSC Cruises’ long-standing sustainability efforts with the 2019 ‘Greenest Shipowner of the 12 months’ Neptune Award at a ceremony held on the World Sustainable Transport and Ports Discussion board in Copenhagen. In 2020, along with the NAMEPA recognition, MSC Cruises additionally acquired the Porthole Reader’s Selection Award for Most Eco-Pleasant Cruise Line.
Vago concluded, “At MSC Cruises, our precedence is the ocean and the oceans. And as a household firm, we all the time prioritized the long run over quick time period concerns. Regardless of the challenges that our at the moment faces, our eyes stay fastened on our long-term environmental ambitions.”
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SOURCE: MSC Cruises press launch.