MSC is committed to establishing resilient and sustainable supply chains across its global operations. By working together, we can create a greener and more sustainable future for maritime, land transportation, and logistics.
Through collaborative efforts with strategic partners, MSC actively contributes to the global decarbonization of logistics. Our partnerships extend to research centers such as the Global Maritime Decarbonization Centre and a long-term understanding protocol with Shell. Within this strategic alliance, all parties share ambitious goals: to pioneer the adoption of future fuels that bring the maritime transport industry closer to carbon neutrality.
To assist our customers in navigating this transition towards a greener future, MSC is investing in record-sized, energy-efficient vessels with the lowest carbon footprint per container transported. We are also expanding our land-based logistics with rail solutions through MEDLOG and increasing the electrification of power on land and cranes at our terminals.
Protecting our blue planet for the future of all.
In 2023, as part of our commitment to the transition to clean energy, we launched our revolutionary ultra-wide container ship class, Celestino Maresca. With an industry-leading ship design, the Celestino Maresca class embodies MSC's commitment to building a cleaner future. In addition to their massive cargo capacity, these vessels feature advanced technologies to enhance efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of global trade. The ships incorporate several innovative energy-saving features, including a small bulbous bow, large-diameter propellers, and energy-efficient ducts. They are also equipped with an air lubrication system that reduces hull resistance, as well as shaft generators that generate additional power
Within its decarbonization focus, MSC is also exploring other avenues that could accelerate the energy transition, such as the adoption of low-carbon marine fuels. We envision a carbon-neutral future where maritime transport relies on a combination of alternative fuels. Our goal is to ensure that our fleet is ready to embrace carbon-free fuels as soon as they become available. This includes modernizing existing ships by providing them with flexible fuel combustion capability, as well as constructing new ocean vessels that operate on green methanol, green ammonia, and synthetic, bio, and renewable liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The performance of ships and route optimization are other key elements of our energy efficiency program. This will allow us to support global trade in accordance with IMO regulations, including the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) introduced in 2023.
A willingness to decarbonize the entire supply chain.
Given the rapid evolution of today's increasingly complex and fragmented supply chains, MSC believes in the importance of building resilient global supply chains capable of anticipating and withstanding disruptions. Only in this way can we maintain the smooth flow of trade and ensure that people have access to the essential goods they need to thrive.
Therefore, MSC is also working on energy efficiency measures to gradually reduce the carbon intensity of global trade by land, not only by sea. This includes shifting goods from road to rail through investments in railway solutions that enable producers to establish secure, reliable, and sustainable connections.
Distant and vulnerable economies often face higher shipping costs due to their dependence on imported goods. By removing barriers to global trade, we strive to help communities maintain the trade ties they rely on. For example, we are investing in new cranes that operate on electricity instead of diesel.
Climate action is a global imperative that requires collective action.
MSC is not only the world's largest maritime company but also a family-owned business with a shared legacy and strong values. We embrace a long-term vision of sustainability and are determined to play our part in building a better planet for future generations.
We believe that the decarbonization of maritime transport and logistics goes beyond fuels and technologies. It is our employees, partners, and customers who will make decarbonization possible, and we are committed to ensuring a fair transition as we progress on our journey to carbon neutrality. By collaborating with others, we can work together to ensure a sustainable future.
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