At MSC, we care deeply about the sustainability of the planet and its inhabitants.
We recognise that there are hazards involved in our core business activity, and that our conduct could potentially have an impact on land and sea – if not approached with the utmost care and respect.
That’s why we are proud of our long-term commitment to safety and the environment.
A key business goal at the heart of MSC is to reduce greenhouse emissions and to remain focused on the impact of our cargo and our vessels.
The containers we transport carry a huge variety of cargo type, and we know it is vital for us to remain vigilant in order to avoid any incidents and subsequent pollution, or threats to safety.
As you might expect within our industry, sometimes, containers requiring our transportation solutions are loaded with dangerous cargo and / or types of potentially volatile cargo that are incompatible with others.
For this reason, MSC is always diligent in ascertaining;
- The cargo type;
- The cargo weight;
- The cargo distribution on-board the vessel.
Every single container is planned for optimum stowage, to reduce the possibility of incidents.
We know that when transporting chemicals, for example, extra care has to be taken to avoid leakages or fires.
There are very strict rules on how the ship has to be loaded according to the type of cargo – particularly when it comes to dangerous cargo.
Recognising these issues, MSC developed a new stowage system, which we call the Intelligent Planning Exchange system (IPX).
It plans and stows dangerous cargo to automatically eliminate the possibility of human error.
We have also implemented systems to verify the cargo weight – combatting the rise in ‘undeclared’ cargo weight, which can have significant impact on stowage and cargo safety.
Fast, decisive, expert intervention
In those rare cases where a cargo incident does take place, MSC acts quickly to take control.
Incidents can arise as a result of incorrect packaging, or packaging that is not compliant with regulations. Whatever the initial cause, we immediately dispatch one of our eight worldwide emergency rescue teams, who are experts in handling dangerous cargo and dangerous situations.
We notify other carriers through the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS).
This body is one we are proud to have helped create some years ago, and on which we still sit as a member.
CINS provides industry-wide notifications, with the aim of reducing the potential of future incidents.
We go to the scene of the problem and deal with the circumstance quickly, efficiently, and respecting any relevant laws or community sensitivities.
It is through swift action that we minimise the risk of contamination and any associated threat to human life or the environment.
Vessel design and operation
The other key factor we control are the vessels themselves –their size, design and technology. We are investing heavily in modern eco-friendly ship design, and building much more fuel-efficient ships. Shipping remains the most CO2 friendly way of transporting cargo.The bigger the ship, the less the emission per ton of transported cargo.
At MSC, our own specialist technical research team in Sorrento, Italy, constantly develops and implements innovative technologies to reduce our environmental impact. For example, the shape of the ship is key to improving fuel efficiency and our newly optimised hull design is slowly being introduced to all our vessels.
MSC vessels use powerful but very fuel-efficient engines. In fact, MSC’s new generation of ships ranks at the top of the league when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions.This is independently verified by port authorities.We install the latest equipment, like oil water separators, to eliminate water pollution from engine oil. Only tin-free paint is used for the hulls of our ships, in order to minimise marine pollution. And, to monitor all our combined efforts we have recently developed the MSC Eco Toolbox. The Eco Toolbox has different types of utilities and vessel performance checks that enable us to measure their energy-use, efficiency and fuel-consumption.
If you’d like to learn more about MSC’s commitment to CSR, please get in touch with your local office.