MSC Continues to Invest in Low-carbon Future: Operating Modern, Green Fleet


  • MSC is investing in the largest container shipping investment program in the industry
  • Low-carbon technologies and extensive new-build and retrofit programmes help boost MSC’s performance and minimise environmental impact

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, a global leader in transportation moving 21 million containers per year, remains committed in investing in its green and efficient fleet via the largest container shipping investment program in the industry.

MSC operates a modern, green fleet and is investing heavily in low-carbon technologies and extensive new-build and retrofit programmes to boost performance and minimise our environmental impact.

MSC’s fleet improvement program has resulted in a 13% reduction in CO2 emissions per transport work* in 2015-18 and will help the container shipping industry make progress towards the United Nations International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2030 CO2 targets.

A combination of the latest green technologies and greater economies of scale have helped reduce energy requirements over time. MSC has increased average capacity per ship from 2,500 TEU in 2003 to 6,500 TEU in 2018, which is significantly higher than the average market figures. With the introduction of the Gülsün Class vessels, MSC is further improving our environmental performance as bigger ships generally emit less CO2 per container carried, helping companies which move goods on MSC’s services to lower the carbon footprint of their supply chains.

The latest newbuilding additions to the fleet – led by MSC Gülsün, the largest container ship in the world – has introduced a new class of sustainable container shipping, with the lowest carbon footprint by design, at 7.49 grams of CO2 emissions to move 1 ton of cargo 1 nautical mile.

MSC Gülsün features a remarkable approach to energy efficiency with the shape of the bow designed to enhance energy efficiency by reducing hull resistance. State-of-the-art engineering minimises wind resistance, resulting in lower fuel consumption.

To comply with an upcoming marine fuel regulation in 2020, the ship is also equipped with a UN IMO-approved hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning System and has the option of switching to low-Sulphur fuel, or to be adapted for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the future.

* The figure of 13% relates to MSC’s Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator (EEOI). EEOI is a tool set out in the IMO Guideline MEPC.1/circ.684, and is defined as the ratio of mass of CO2 emitted per unit of transport work (unit = gr CO2/Tons cargo/miles)

MSC Sustainability Report 2018

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