MSC Cruises and Nordic energy company Gasum have announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to collaborate on the supply of synthetic E-LNG, a carbon-neutral fuel made with renewable energy and captured CO2, to help reduce the… Greenhouse gas emissions from MSCs contribute to fleet.
The two companies have also agreed a long-term contract to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) for MSC Cruises’ new flagship. MSC Euribia.
MSC Cruises aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from its ship operations by 2050. The collaboration between Gasum and MSC Cruises will help reduce emissions in MSC’s cruise operations through the deployment of “several thousand tons” of e-LNG from 2020 to 2026.
There is now a long-term agreement to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the new flagship MSC Euribia will result in an immediate emissions reduction for MSC Cruises, including the elimination of all sulfur oxides and particulate emissions, a significant reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
The LNG technology used on board MSC Euribia enables the switch to fully renewable liquefied biogas (bio-LNG) or synthetic gas (e-LNG) at any time, resulting in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of up to 100 percent.
MSC Euribia recently demonstrated the first net-zero greenhouse gas emissions voyage using Bio-LNG procured by Gasum. The ship sailed from Saint-Nazaire (France) to Copenhagen (Denmark) and took four days for the journey. It used bio-LNG with a “mass balance” approach, the most environmentally friendly method when using renewable biogas.
For the voyage, MSC Cruises purchased over 400 tons of Bio-LNG from Gasum, becoming the first ocean-going cruise operator to use Bio-LNG to reduce its emissions.
Linden Coppell, vice president of sustainability and ESG at MSC Cruises, said partnerships like the one with Gasum are vital to MSC Cruises’ decarbonization efforts.
“Partnering with Gasum will give us access to the new and cleaner fuels we need to make net zero cruising a reality. We need more suppliers like Gasum who support our industry in its environmental goals. We are ready and waiting to buy more of these new fuels,” she said.
Gasum CEO Mika Wiljanen called the MOU “a landmark agreement” for the shipping industry as it shows that e-LNG will be available to the maritime transport sector in the near future. “We are also very excited about the long-term LNG supply agreement, which we believe is the start of a lasting collaboration,” he said.
E LNG fuel
E-LNG gas is produced synthetically using the power-to-gas process. Hydrogen is used to produce hydrogen from renewable electricity, which is then converted to methane by adding non-fossil carbon dioxide from carbon capture. The resulting synthetic, renewable methane gas can be used as natural gas, biogas, and liquefied biogas, and can be transported over existing infrastructure and used in dual-fuel engines on existing vessels.
Gasum aims to bring 7 terawatt hours of renewable gas to market annually by 2027, equivalent to a cumulative annual reduction in carbon emissions for its customers of 1.8 million tons.