MSC Cruises has become the first major cruise line to receive the Green Marine Europe Certification, an environmental certification program for the maritime industry. The certification is a partnership between Green Marine, a North American environmental certification program, and the Surfrider Foundation, a leading EU NGO in ocean and maritime protection. MSC Cruises achieved the highest possible score across eight performance indicators, including aquatic invasive species, air and noise pollution, waste management, and responsible ship recycling. Captain Minas Myrtidis, MSC Cruises’ VP Environmental Operations and Compliance, accepted the award on behalf of the company.
MSC Cruises and its luxury brand Explora Journeys have committed to measuring their environmental performance annually and submitting the results for external verification. Both lines have set targets to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. MSC Cruises has already reduced its emissions intensity by 33.5% since 2008 and aims to achieve a 40% reduction by 2030. In June 2023, the company’s flagship ship, MSC Euribia, completed the world’s first net zero greenhouse gas emissions cruise ship voyage on a mass balance basis.
The certification highlights MSC Cruises’ commitment to sustainability and its efforts to improve performance, transparency, and accountability. The company’s achievement demonstrates the hard work and dedication of its employees both onboard and ashore. MSC Cruises’ certification sets a precedent for other major cruise lines to prioritize environmental excellence and leadership in the industry.