MSC acquires new cruise ship MSC Euribia

MSC Euribia is the latest evolution of the popular Meraviglia class and MSC Cruises’ second ship to be powered by LNG, the cleanest and most efficient fuel currently commercially available on a large scale. On board, she features a suite of world-class environmental technology, including advanced onboard wastewater treatment systems and waste management. It has also been designed with the future in mind, allowing it to easily incorporate future innovations in sustainability, such as carbon-neutral synthetic and other alternative fuels, once they become available at scale.

MSC Euribia represents a step up from previous ships in her class built for MSC Group’s cruise division. Offering even greater efficiency, she is expected to be the world’s most powerful cruise ship, exceeding the latest IMO Energy Efficiency Design Index requirements. In operation, the ship emits up to 19% fewer greenhouse gas emissions per passenger per day than its sister ships, which use conventional marine fuels. This means 44% fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per passenger per day than ships built just 10 years ago.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Group Cruises, said: “With the delivery of MSC Euribia, we have taken another major step towards our goal of net zero GHG emissions. Alongside many world-class environmental innovations, the MSC Euribia features a truly groundbreaking energy-efficient design that will result in a huge reduction in greenhouse gas emissions throughout her lifespan.

The focus of decarbonisation is often solely on supply-side measures, and while they are an important part of the energy transition, we must not forget the essential role energy efficiency will play in reducing energy demand today. The cleanest energy is the energy we don’t use, and MSC Euribia was built around this principle. It is for this reason that she considers her commissioning such an important milestone towards our goal of achieving net-zero CGH ship operations by 2050.”

MSC EURIBIA – Laurent Castaing, General Manager of Chantiers de l’Atlantique said: “I am very proud of the strength of the relationship between MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique. This fifth and final ship in the Meraviglia class marks the completion of an already very efficient series and the continuation of our joint environmentally innovative projects.”

Built for the future – state-of-the-art environmental technology and design

The MSC Euribia is built for the future. Although the ship can run on LNG, today the ship design can be fitted with drop-in renewable fuels and retrofits that allow MSCs to use renewable fuels not yet available today, such as green methanol.

Other state-of-the-art technology includes advanced water and waste treatment plants. MSC Euribia has state-of-the-art water and waste treatment facilities to help save the oceans around the world. The wastewater is treated to a very high quality, which is better than many land-based municipal wastewater treatment systems in the world. The technology meets the strictest international IMO standards – including the so-called Baltic standard.

Mr Vago added: “It is important to us that our ships being built today are ready to accommodate the new sustainable fuels that are on the horizon. We also want to ensure they can be easily retrofitted with new technology and new efficiencies that will help achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. This is a ship that was truly built with the future in mind.”

MSC Euribia’s journey to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions

As an industry first, MSC Euribia will embark on a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions voyage. The newbuild is the 22nd ship in the MSC Cruises fleet. The ship will sail from Saint-Nazaire in France to Copenhagen in Denmark and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, proving that net-zero cruising is possible today.

The Net Zero journey uses Bio-LNG using a mass balance system, the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to reap the benefits of renewable biogas. The entire supply chain is fully compliant with the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) and every single batch of all Bio-LNG produced has been certified by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC).

MSC Group’s cruise division aims to achieve net-zero GHG emissions from its ship operations by 2050. The emissions intensity of their ship operations has decreased by 33.5% since 2008 and we will achieve a 40% reduction to meet the IMO 2030 target.

MSC is now working with fuel suppliers and others to introduce sustainable drop-in fuels such as advanced biofuels and biogas. Looking ahead, green methanol is likely to contribute to our decarbonization, as will synthetic e-fuels like green hydrogen and eLNG. The focus is on the development of scalable and universally applicable solutions.

The coin ceremony for the third LNG-powered ship in the MSC Cruises fleet and the first US-based MSC World America also took place today and is another step towards creating a world where technology meets innovation to create a more sustainable cruise experience to allow.

The new ship, due for completion in 2025, will feature many of the environmental innovations of the MSC Euribia, but will also feature additional innovations such as breakthrough technology that virtually eliminates methane slip from LNG in service. The two godmothers of this traditional ceremony were Silvia Turbia from MSC Cruise Divisions and Séverine Blandin from Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

Henri Doyer, Chantier de l’Atlantique MSC Program Director, commented: “This 19th ship – the second in the world-class series – is the result of a long partnership between MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique. I am pleased to announce that MSC World Europa, MSC Euribia and MSC World America are the three most energy efficient and environmentally friendly ships in the cruise industry.”

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