MSC Cruises and Shell Western LNG have entered into an agreement for the fuel supplier to provide LNG for the shipping operator’s flagship MSC Euribia. The first bunkering operation recently took place in Rotterdam.
MSC Euribia is currently operating 7-night cruises until April 2024 in northern Europe from Hamburg to Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Le Havre and Southampton before returning to the north German port.
MSC Cruises has invested EUR 3 billion in three LNG-powered cruise ships. MSC World Europa was launched in December 2022, MSC Euribia in June 2023 and MSC World America will join the fleet in 2025.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, said, “LNG is an important step forward in our ambition to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The fuel is one in transition and poised to make way for carbon-neutral bio-LNG and eventually synthetic LNG that we will look forward to using as and when they become available at scale as part of our longer-term decarbonization journey.”
Tahir Faruqui, General Manager, Shell Global Downstream LNG added, “This agreement illustrates how LNG provides shipping companies with a scalable path to net-zero emissions, allowing them to flexibly transition from fuel oil to fossil LNG today, and subsequently to bio-LNG and renewable synthetic LNG as these options become accessible. With an extensive LNG bunkering network, we stand prepared to support major players like MSC Cruises on its energy transition.”
Source: MSC Cruises