Stefka Wechsler of global energy and commodity price reporting agency Argus Media on Friday (23 July) published a report regarding Switzerland-based MSC Cruises plans for reducing its carbon footprint:
Switzerland-based MSC Cruises has decided not to pursue carbon offsetting and instead focus on directly reducing its carbon footprint.
In 2019, the leisure cruise company said it would invest in carbon offsets to meet future emissions regulations, but it has now decided to invest in research and development of alternative marine fuels, such as ammonia and hydrogen. MSC’s vessels travel in the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean, in addition to cruising in South America, the Middle East and Asia.
EU proposals to include marine fuel CO2 emissions in its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and cut marine fuel greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity in EU waters could incentivize MSC to speed up its transition to alternative marine fuels.
“A core goal of MSC Cruises is to meet the industry target of 40pc improvement in emissions intensity by 2030, compared to a 2008 baseline,” the company said, referring to an International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) directive.
MSC will take delivery of three new LNG-powered vessels. The first one, MSC World Europa will arrive in 2022, and the other two in 2023 and 2024. MSC will also test fuel cells which can covert LNG into electricity and “are much more efficient than conventional engines”. MSC Cruises also has nine of its 17 vessels outfitted with exhaust scrubbers.
Before Covid-19, MSC was expecting to burn around 679,500t of marine fuel in 2020, but it burned 290,596t, emitting 908,393t of CO2. In April 2020 all of MSC’s 17 ships were placed in layup and only two became operational later in 2020. By comparison, the company burned 650,306t of marine fuel in 2019 and emitted 2mn t of CO2.
Photo credit and source: Argus Media
Published: 26 July, 2021
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