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Wednesday 31 May 2023

Cruise line readies for net zero greenhouse emissions voyage

The cruise industry has a reputation as a polluter, but the cruise division of MSC Group will soon launch the the industry’s first net zero greenhouse gas emissions voyage.

The latest MSC Cruises flagship, the liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered MSC Euribia (above), leaves her shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France - where she is currently being finished - on the way to her naming ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The new ship, the 22nd vessel to join MSC Cruises’ fleet, will sail for four days from Saint-Nazaire to Copenhagen next week and achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions to demonstrate that net zero cruising is possible.

MSC Euribia will depart the French port on June 3 and is scheduled to arrive in the Danish capital on June 7.

“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,” says Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group.

“We cannot do this alone, however. Given the absolute importance of alternative fuels for our industry as well as for other sectors across civil society to achieve decarbonization, we all need to work together to increase their availability at scale.

"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.”

The net zero sailing will utilise bio-LNG using a mass-balance system, the most environmentally efficient method of delivering the benefits of renewable biogas.

The entire supply chain will be fully compliant with the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive, commonly known as RED II, and each individual batch of the total bio-LNG produced has been certified by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification.

MSC Cruises is being supported by Nordic energy company Gasum for the net zero greenhouse gas emissions voyage.

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