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MSC selects IMO 2020 fuels and hybrid scrubbers, over LNG bunkering

27 Nov 2019

The use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel is “not viable” for the Swiss-Italian international shipping line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), says its Group Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy & Government Affairs.

Bud Darr was giving a keynote speech at the 2019 HANSA Forum in Hamburg on 21 November when he highlighted the challenges shipowners face in meeting these goals and regulations.

“To comply with the new limits, MSC has opted for a combination of compliant low-Sulphur fuels and hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems. Currently, LNG is not a viable option for MSC due the limited LNG bunkering facilities available at ports,” he explains.

“MSC’s fleet was greatly enhanced in recent years by a retrofitting programme. We have invested extensively in the latest low-carbon technologies, such as new energy-efficient propellers and bows to reduce fuel consumption and therefore improve our energy efficiency.

“In addition, we continuously monitor our environmental performance and have implemented a number of operational measures to further reduce our CO2 emissions to meet expected new regulations and goals set by the IMO.

“Container shipping sector is essential for global trade and development. There is no one size fits all solution to decarbonise the shipping industry, but diverse range of solutions are required to enable the container shipping sector to meet low-carbon ambitions by 2050.

“MSC is a responsible company that continues to make significant investments in increasing our efficiency and maximising our environmental performance.”

Photo credit: Mediterranean Shipping Company
Published: 27 November, 2019


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