MSC Cruises plans to complete first net zero cruise next month

MSC Euribia to complete first net zero cruise in June
By Harry Kemble
26/05/2023
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MSC Cruises aims to operate the first net zero greenhouse gas emissions sailing early next month.

The line’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship – MSC Euribia – will sail from French port Saint-Nazaire on 3 June and arrive in Copenhagen in Denmark on 7 June.

MSC hopes to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions during the four-day cruise.

MSC has bought 400 tonnes of bio-LNG to show its ‘commitment to the deployment of drop-in renewable fuels’, adding that it was the first ‘deep sea ocean cruise operator’ to buy it as a fuel source.

The fuel has ‘significant’ emission reductions, MSC added.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Group’s Cruise Division, said: “This industry-first net zero gas emissions voyage of our latest flagship MSC Euribia heralds another significant step on our decarbonisation journey and demonstrates more than anything the extent of our commitment.

“Given the absolute importance of alternative fuels for our industry to achieve decarbonisation, we all need to work together to increase their availability at scale.”

He added that the bio-LNG fuel order would send a ‘clear and meaningful signal to the market that there is demand from cruise lines for cleaner fuels’.

“We need governments, producers and end-users to collaborate and scale-up the availability of these much-needed and new sources of power,” he said.

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