MSC Cruise Line Is Honoured With Environmental Award
MSC Cruises sustainability program was honoured with the Maritime Industry category award presented by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) at the 2020 Marine Environment Protection Awards.
MSC Cruises sustainability program is organised around four key pillars: Planet, People, Place and Procurement. Using this framework, some of MSC Cruises achievements in sustainability in 2019 were constructing the MSC World Europa, the company's first LNG-powered ship with significantly reduced emissions, as well as the restoration of the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in the Bahamas, launching the MSC Foundation which will give back to the communities its fleet serves, and increasing diversity among MSC Cruise employees.
“We are honoured to receive this award, which recognizes our ongoing efforts to embrace a zero-impact future. As a company we are unequivocally committed to protecting the environment, the coastal communities that we reach and all our employees," said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman.
"Our long-term vision is to become an environmental leader within the overall maritime sector. We are doing this by constantly taking steps to decrease our fleet’s environmental impact and investing in the accelerated development of next-generation environmental technologies and solutions."
According to the company, all MSC Cruises’ new-builds are equipped with some of the latest environmental technologies and solutions available. This includes, the deployment of hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) which reduces particulate matter at the point of exhaust, equipping ships with freshwater production plants capable of producing enough drinking water to cover the ship’s needs, incorporating energy efficiency solutions to decrease fuel consumption such as LED lighting, smart heating, and more.
Additionally, one of MSC Cruises’ main goals is to reduce its fleet’s carbon intensity by 40% by 2030 against a 2008 baseline.
To download MSC Cruises’ 2019 Sustainability Report, click here.