‘MSC Euribia’ connects to shore power at Kiel for the first time

2024-05-28T19:48:53+00:00 May 28th, 2024|Environment|

Last weekend, ‘MSC Euribia’ ’connected up to the shore power facility at the Ostuferhafen cruise terminal in Kiel for the first time, as part of MSC Cruises‘ flagship’s summer season from the north German port.

Kiel’s local power grid supplied electricity for all of the vessel’s operations while berthed to eliminate the ship’s direct emissions as her engines were switched off.

She is scheduled to use shore power up to 20 times in Kiel during this cruising season.

LNG bunkering was also undertaken at Kiel before the ship set sail on her seven-night voyage to Copenhagen and the Norwegian fjords.

This was the first time these two processes have taken place simultaneously.

‘MSC Euribia’ is one of four ships in MSC Cruises‘ fleet offering summer cruises in Northern Europe. ’MSC Virtuosa’, ’MSC Poesia’ and ’MSC Preziosa’ are also taking advantage of shore power during the season at Southampton, Warnemunde and Hamburg, respectively.

Two weeks ago, MSC Preziosa successfully connected to the shore power facility at Hamburg’s Cruise Centre Steinwerder for the first time.

Michele Francioni, MSC Cruises’ Chief Energy Transition Officer, said, “We made a commitment to increase our use of shore power whenever it becomes available to us, and we are pleased with this new milestone we achieved in Kiel at the weekend and two weeks ago in Hamburg for ‘MSC Preziosa’.

“We now need more ports across Europe and beyond to provide shore power so that we can further reduce local air emissions. We will retrofit three additional ships in 2024 – ‘MSC Magnifica’, ‘MSC Musica’ and ‘MSC Splendida’ – with shore power connectivity to ensure that our ships are ready for plug into local electricity grids wherever the infrastructure allows.

“This further demonstrates our commitment to, and continued progress towards, de-carbonisation, as well as reducing emissions from our vessels while berthed in ports,” he said.

Last year, MSC’s cruise ships connected to shore power in 44 port calls and by the end of this year the plan, based on the known availability of port infrastructure, is for at least 220 connections to be made to local power facilities, when 16 of line’s fleet of 22 vessels will be equipped with shore power connectivity.

‘MSC Fantasia’,  ’MSC Poesia’ and ’MSC Preziosa’ were retrofitted last year, and more ships will be upgraded in the future, as ports on their sailing schedules make shore power available.

‘MSC Euribia’ is the second ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet to be powered by LNG and one of the most energy-efficient vessels in the industry.

She began operations in June, 2023 following ’MSC World Europa’s’ launch in December, 2022.

The company has three LNG powered ships on order, all of the ‘World’ class vessel design, with an option for another vessel.

‘MSC World America’ will join the fleet in April, 2025, ’MSC World Asia’ in 2026 and a vessel currently known as World Class 4 will be delivered in 2027 by French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique.