Swiss cruise line MSC Cruises has published its 2022 sustainability report, which emphasised a carbon intensity decrease and demonstrated progress in liquified natural gas (LNG)-fuel placement.

The MSC Cruises fleet consists of 21 ships, with a 9.7-year average fleet age. This includes MSC America, which is set to debut in 2025.

According to MSC’s sustainability report, MSC’s highlight of 2022 was the launch of MSC World Europa, the world’s largest LNG-powered cruise ship and an award-winning project for MSC.

MSC World Europa was awarded the ’12 golden pearls’ by Bureau Veritas, one of the highest honours for cruise ships, in recognition of quality, health and safety, and environmental impact, from design and construction through to operation.

MSC Group executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago emphasised the company’s accomplishments over recent years, which allowed it to grow closer to its 2050 targets: “I am proud that MSC Cruises is the fastest-growing major cruise brand. Since 2019, we have accounted for 50% of the industry’s capacity growth and we expect to continue growing for years to come.

“Already, the carbon emissions intensity of our ship operations has decreased by 33.5% since 2008 and we will achieve a 40% reduction ahead of our 2030 target. As we look to the future, our goal is clear: for MSC Cruises to be a net zero emissions company by 2050.”

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MSC stated that the MSC World Europa and two additional LNG vessels that are planned for delivery in 2023 and 2025 are helping to advance their journey to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

As a marine fuel, LNG meets all the current and forthcoming IMO and EU regulations according to Gasum, a premium provider of LNG.

MSC Cruises invested approximately €3bn ($3.3bn) in three LNG-powered cruise ships as, in the company’s view, LNG is the cleanest marine fuel currently accessible at scale.

Another major milestone was reached for MSC in March 2022, with the launch of a $350m cruise terminal, set to open in late 2023 in Miami, which will be able to accommodate MSC’s largest and most environmentally advanced cruise ships.