MSC Cruises has been awarded the 2019 ‘Greenest Shipowner of the Year’ Neptune Award 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 and recognises the sustainability efforts of the recipient.
With the overarching goal of a “zero impact” future, MSC Cruises is taking many initiatives to continue minimising its impact on the environment, primarily 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 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 recognise the most dedicated organisations 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.