MSC Cruises is working towards reducing the emissions intensity across its fleet of ships, following the results of its first net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions cruise voyage, which took place in June onboard MSC Cruises newest ship, MSC Euribia.
The milestone voyage took place in June 2023 when LNG-powered MSC Euribia sailed from Saint-Nazaire in France to Copenhagen in Denmark. Data from the cruise company has revealed an overall saving of 43 tonnes of bio-LNG fuel by employing optimisation and energy efficiency measures such as optimised speeds and routing, which enabled the vessel to perform 11 per cent better than its onshore virtual twin.
“MSC Euribia’s pioneering voyage was a significant achievement and proved that net zero GHG emissions cruising is possible today and well ahead of the 2050 target for the industry,” said Linden Coppell, vice president of sustainability and environmental, social, and governance at MSC Cruises. “We are eager for the appropriate regulatory and financial incentives for fuel producers to provide the fuels needed, at the scale that is needed, which, alongside technology, will power the industry’s journey towards decarbonisation.”