MSC Meraviglia Recognized For Commitment To Environment

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has recognized MSC Cruises with the ‘8 Golden Pearls’ award for sustainable and environmental stewardship on board its ship MSC Meraviglia

The award is one of the highest globally recognized notations assigned to cruise ships for the attention paid to Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental (QHSE) management.

“MSC Cruises has demonstrated its commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations and we commend the company for its wide-ranging, ongoing efforts in this space,” said Philippe Donche-Gay, president marine & offshore, Bureau Veritas.

“The various sustainable and environmental technologies installed on MSC Meraviglia put the ship at the forefront of cleaner cruise operations. The Bureau Veritas 8 Golden Pearls award reflects MSC Cruises' commitment to excellence and continual improvement in environmental performance.”

Bud Darr, EVP maritime policy and government affairs, MSC Group said, “We are honoured to receive this award, and we thank Bureau Veritas for their recognition and ongoing support. They are an invaluable partner on this journey, and we look forward to continue making further progress in the area of environmental stewardship.”

The 8 Golden Pearls award recognized MSC Cruises’ efforts on MSC Meraviglia in eight particular domains of protection, specifically demonstrated by these examples:

  • The ship is equipped with an exhaust gas cleaning system that removes sulfur oxides from the ship’s exhaust gases allowing it to meet emissions regulations;
  • An advanced system treats waste water to a very high quality by mixing different waste streams together and filtering out undesirable components to produce high-quality effluent;
  • The ship has a holding capacity and non-discharge operation of two days allowing for more autonomy and more flexible navigation;
  • State-of-the-art technologies and energy-saving materials contribute to effectively lowering the environmental impact of the ship, and improve her energy efficiency;
  • The company’s commitment to safety and creating a safe environment for crew and guests has earned the ship OHSAS 18001 certification;
  • The ship meets the high ISO 22000 standard for food safety, which covers food safety management systems across the entire supply and preparation chain;
  • For its comprehensive and coherent environmental management systems, MSC has earned the ISO 14001 standard;
  • The ship has received the ‘CLEANSHIP’ notation recognizing the company’s efforts to meet strict environmental standards in various domains. 

MSC Meraviglia has been sailing her inaugural summer and winter season in the Mediterranean. On 18APR, she will set sail from Genoa to spend the summer season in Northern Europe, home-porting in Hamburg and visiting locations in the North Sea, Baltic Sea, Norwegian fjords, and up to the Arctic Sea, exploring Cape North and the Svalbard Islands.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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