MSC says it "will not explore or use the Northern Sea Route between Europe and Asia for container shipping…shipping lines should focus on reducing environmental impact of existing shipping trade routes"
MSC is convinced that the 21M containers moved each year for its customers can be transported around the world without passing through the NSR Arctic corridor.
“As a responsible company with a longstanding nautical heritage and passion for the sea, MSC finds the disappearance of Arctic ice to be profoundly disturbing. Every drop in the oceans is precious and our industry should focus its efforts on limiting environmental emissions and protecting the marine environment across existing trade routes,” said Diego Aponte, President & CEO, MSC Group.
A surge in container shipping traffic in the Arctic could damage air quality and endanger the biodiversity of untouched marine habitats – a risk MSC is not willing to take, the statement continued.
MSC has completed a programme to retrofit more than 250 ships in its existing fleet with the latest green technologies, cutting about 2 Mt of CO2 emissions each year. Furthermore, its latest newbuildings, led by the 23,800 TEU MSC GÜLSÜN, have the lowest carbon footprint by design, at 7.49 grams of CO2 emissions to move 1 ton of cargo 1 nautical mile (based on full load).
“MSC is on a well-defined pathway to meet the 2030 IMO level of ambition for CO2 emissions intensity reduction," said Bud Darr, Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy & Government Affairs, MSC Group.
"The great challenge which remains for container shipping this century is how to decarbonise and meet the UN IMO’s future emissions goals beyond 2030. While we are fully supporting these more distant targets, this will not be achievable without some major breakthroughs in fuel and propulsion technologies.”
The latest edition of MSC’s Sustainability Report details some of the company’s activities around preserving the environment, as well as social inclusion, health and safety and business ethics.