MSC Cruises to Operate World’s First Net Zero Cruise
Next week, MSC Cruises is set to make a landmark journey in the cruise industry, operating the first-ever voyage with net zero greenhouse gas emissions, led by its latest flagship, the MSC Euribia, as it sets sail from its shipyard in France.
MSC Euribia will embark on a four-day journey from Saint-Nazaire to Copenhagen, showcasing the feasibility of net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the cruise industry. The vessel will be officially named in the Danish capital.
Pierfrancesco Vago, the Executive Chairman of the Cruise Division of the MSC Group, shared that this groundbreaking voyage signifies a significant milestone in their journey towards decarbonisation. He further highlighted the company’s unwavering commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In demonstrating this commitment, MSC Cruises has purchased 400 tonnes of bio-LNG. This action highlights their commitment to renewable fuels and energy transition measures and distinguishes them as the first deep-sea ocean cruise operator in the industry to utilise bio-LNG. This fuel source significantly reduces lifecycle emissions.
Vago further noted the crucial role of collaboration in achieving decarbonisation across various sectors, not just in the cruise industry. He stated that their bio-LNG purchase sends a strong message to the market about the demand for cleaner fuels. Still, he emphasised the need for cooperation among governments, producers, and end-users to increase the availability of these cleaner energy sources.
Echoing these sentiments, Michele Francioni, SVP of MSC Cruises, stated that the maiden voyage of MSC Euribia represents years of hard work and dedication and is a testament to the possibility of operating on a net zero greenhouse gas emissions basis with current ship technology.
Francioni added that this is only the first step in their commitment to transition towards cleaner fuels. He underscored the importance of making alternative fuels like bio-LNG, e-LNG, green hydrogen, and green methanol widely available at scale to realise the goal of net zero cruising fully.
About MSC Euribia
MSC Euribia is set to become the 22nd ship of the ever-growing MSC Cruises’ fleet. She will operate her maiden season sailing the majestic Norwegian Fjords before re-positioning to Southampton to sail her first winter season, with weekly voyages until April 2024.
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