GHG Emissions, Commercial, Sourcing Renewables - May 30, 2023
MSC Cruise To Sail With Net Zero GHG Emissions
The cruise division of MSC Group will operate a cruise with net zero GHG emissions with its latest flagship, the liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered MSC Euribia.
The four-day voyage will start at the shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France on June 3 and will sail to Copenhagen, Denmark.
MSC Cruises purchased 400 tons of bio-LNG for the net zero gas emissions voyage.
“This industry-first net zero gas emissions voyage of our latest flagship MSC Euribia heralds another significant step on our decarbonization journey and demonstrates more than anything the extent of our commitment,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, in a statement. “ Our purchase of bio-LNG will send a clear and meaningful signal to the market that there is demand from cruise lines and the broader maritime industry for cleaner fuels, but we need governments, producers, and end-users to collaborate and scale-up the availability of these much-needed and new sources of power.”
MSC Cruises is being supported by Nordic energy company Gasum for the net zero GHG emissions voyage, a producer of biogas and processor of biodegradable waste fractions in the Nordic region.
The company's newbuilds are fuel-flexible ships that can accommodate a variety of renewable fuels available today and expected in the future. The use of fossil LNG already achieves up to a 20% reduction in GHG emissions when compared to conventional marine fuels, and virtually eliminates all sulphur oxide and particulate emissions while also reducing nitrogen oxides by 85%.