TUI Cruises has signed an agreement with the Hamburg-based energy company Mabanaft to develop a long-term, strategic collaboration in fuel supply.
This agreement envisages meeting cruise ships’ future needs for green methanol in German ports. Later, deliveries can be expanded to other European ports.
The use of low-emission fuels is a crucial factor on the way to climate-neutral cruising, TUI said.
With the delivery of the ‘Mein Schiff 7’ this summer from Meyer Turku, TUI Cruises will be putting one of the first cruise ships into service that has been equipped to operate with methanol and, in the future, with green methanol.
A core element of TUI Cruises’ 2030 sustainability strategy is to establish early alliances with suppliers of alternative fuels to ensure a secure supply for the two cruise brands, Mein Schiff and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
Wybcke Meier, CEO TUI Cruises, said: “Climate neutral cruising is a question of the right technologies and long-term strategies. We have both. On the one hand, the ongoing equipping of our fleets with innovative drives, as well as securing their supply with alternative fuels – through co-operation with partners such as Mabanaft. This is how we will achieve our goals.”
Mabanaft is one of the leading independent energy companies in Germany. To supply the required green methanol, the company is currently preparing the necessary infrastructure for storage and refuelling in Hamburg and other ports.
“Green methanol will play a crucial role in the de-carbonisation of shipping,” explained Volker Ebeling, Senior Vice President New Energy, Supply & Infrastructure at Mabanaft.
“This agreement with TUI Cruises is another important step in this direction and an important contribution to climate-friendly cruising.”
The TUI Group cruise lines are the first and so far only ones in the cruise market to have planned CO2 reductions audited by the independent Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), which is supported by the United Nations, among others.
No other cruise line in the world is currently committed to an absolute and ambitious climate protection goal, TUI claimed.