MSC CRUISES’ LONG-STANDING COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT RECOGNIZED AT GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE SHIPPING AND PORTS FORUM IN COPENHAGEN
MSC Cruises voted ‘Greenest Shipowner of the Year
The global maritime industry has recognized MSC Cruises’ long-standing sustainability efforts with the 2019 ‘Greenest Shipowner of the Year’ Neptune Award. The accolade was presented at the Global Sustainable Shipping and Ports Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark. The award is given every year to a shipping company that has shown excellence in reducing the environmental impact of its fleet’s day-to-day operation by deploying cutting-edge technologies and practices, driving the maritime sector’s journey towards a sustainable future.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, commented, “I am particularly pleased that peers from across the overall shipping industry have recognized our long-standing and ongoing commitment to protect the environment in which we operate, with particular attention for the communities of the port cities that our ships call globally. Ours has been – and will continue to be – a facts-based journey of continuous improvement, focusing on minimizing and continuously reducing the environmental footprint of our operations – both at sea and while ashore. From emissions reduction to energy efficiency, waste and wastewater management, we are equipping as well as retrofitting our entire fleet with some of the latest solutions available in the market, all of which while pushing for the development – and investing in – ever more advanced technologies.”
Captain Minas Myrtidis, Vice President Environmental Operations & Compliance, MSC Cruises collected the award in Copenhagen while attending the Global Sustainable Shipping and Ports Forum. He said: “It is a real honor to collect this award on behalf of MSC Cruises. Day in and day out we develop and deploy new environmental technologies, policies and practices to continuously improve our environmental performance.”
Having embarked on a journey of continuous improvement to reach a “zero impact” future, MSC Cruises is taking many initiatives to continue minimizing its impact on the environment through the development and deployment of marine technologies to preserve and protect the environment across its fleet.
A major focus is on improving the quality of air emissions and 74 per cent of MSC Cruises’ passenger capacity is already covered by innovative hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems. The entire fleet will be equipped by 2021. MSC Cruises is also making a €5 billion (≈$5.6 billion USD) investment in five LNG-powered ships that will enter service between 2022 and 2027. In addition, all its cruise ships launched from 2017 onwards can ‘plug in’ to the local power grid at port. The Company is prepared to install this technology on earlier ships as soon as shoreside power becomes more widely available at cruise ports.
MSC Cruises for more than 10 years has equipped its ships with advanced wastewater treatments systems that purify wastewater to near tap-water quality. All the ships in its fleet are equipped with modern systems to reduce, recycle and reuse solid waste. An extensive range of single-use plastic items on board have also been phased out.
The Neptune Awards were created by ALJ Groups to recognize the most dedicated organizations and individuals in shipping sustainability. Maritime community professionals representing shipping companies, ports and manufacturers are first encouraged to suggest nominees online. The final winners are selected by a vote of 150 high-level maritime executives during closed-door gatherings.