FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (JULY 14, 2008) â€“ MSC Cruises has been honored by an Italian consortium for its recycling efforts.
Each year CiAl (Consorzio Nazionale per il Recupero e il Riciclo di Imballaggi in Alluminio) recognizes Italian City Councils that distinguish themselves by recycling and promoting environmental issues as they collect recycled material.
This year, in addition to honoring three City Councils, the consortium also recognized the MSC Cruises fleet, in its role as a â€œfloating councilâ€™ with thousands of inhabitants that glides on the sea, safeguarding the environment within a controlled framework of development.
MSC Cruises entered into an agreement with CiAl in the spring of 2007 for a collection of the boxes storing large quantities of aluminium that had been collected between May to December 2007. The company collected more than 22,000 pounds of aluminium, which was subsequently picked up in the port of Genoa.
Drink cans, other cans, aluminium foil, boxes and aluminium packing were all collected and given to CiAl, which recycles the aluminium to be reused in new items such as household goods, furnishings, structures for the construction of houses and transportation and more.
MSC Cruises has always been environmentally conscious and has implemented sustainable programs to safeguard the environment. The newest addition to the fleet, MSC Fantasia, will be christened in Naples on Dec. 18 and sister ship MSC Splendida will join the fleet in June 2009. Both ships have been designed with the highest ecological standards: they will both have the most innovative technology systems and implement energy saving systems and environmentally friendly programs, which range from an energy saving system to water treatment for black and grey water.
MSC Cruises was one of the first cruise companies to adhere to the Venice Blue Flag agreement, which governs ships transiting the canal of Venice using diesel oils and is designed to reduce their sulphur emissions. The company has received the most prestigious environmental certificates from recognized bodies, both national and international.
MSC Cruises, the fastest growing cruise line with the youngest fleet, has nine ships: MSC Poesia ( third flagship of the “Musica” class), MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera, MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Melody, MSC Rhapsody, cruising in the Mediterranean year round and seasonally in Northern Europe, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, South America, Indian Ocean and South Africa. In the late fall of 2008 the MSC Fantasia will be launched, followed in the spring of 2009 by MSC Splendida. These will be two of the largest ships built by a European ship owner. Then in 2010 MSC Magnifica, the fourth ship in the” Musica” class, will enter service.
MSC Cruises is a partner of the city of Venice and a member of the Club – ‘Friends of Venice’ as well as one of the supporters for the project ‘Venice Blue Flag,’ which sets the standards for carbon emissions.