FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (Oct. 4, 2007) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ MSC Cruises continues to expand its commitment to the environment.
Based on a new agreement with CIAL (Consorzio Nazionale per il Recupero e il Riciclo dellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢alluminio), the Italian National Consortium for the collection and recycling of aluminum, a special collection for aluminum will be made from ships in the MSC Cruises fleet.
This collection will apply to the ships departing from Genoa and Venice. Recycling will take place at designated plants in the ports of Genoa and Bari. Tin cans used for drinks, foil used in cooking, tubs and containers used for storage will be collected and handed to CIAL for recycling. The recycled material will be re-utilized for household goods, furnishings, and in construction and transportation, as well as many other uses.
It is estimated that in the second part of 2007, approximately 15 tons of aluminum will be collected on board MSC CruisesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ ships. Once recycled, this material could become the equivalent of 29.000 new stovetop espresso makers, 1,300 bicycles or 1,650 wheel rims. Aluminum is 100% recyclable, which result in savings of 95% of the energy needed to produce the metal from the raw material, bauxite.
MSC Cruises is at the forefront of safeguarding environmental aspects. It was the first cruise company to obtain the UNI EN ISO 9002/1994 e UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 certificate; from July 2007, the company and its entire fleet are certified with ISO 14001 Environmental Protection, as a result of a system that regulates all activities that have an environmental impact.
MSC Cruises is also one of the first to support the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Venice Blue FlagÃ¢â‚¬Â project; this was set up to control emissions of all the ships in transit between Bocca di Porto Lido and the Maritime Station of this lagoon capital.
MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida are the newest generation of twin ships, currently under construction at the Aker Yards, in St. Nazaire, France. These two giants of the sea Ã¢â‚¬â€œ each at 135,000 tons, will be the largest ships built for a European ship owner and will have the most modern technology to safeguard the environment, including: grey and black water treatment plant, energy saving across all cabins and public spaces, non-toxic paints specially formulated for ship hulls. MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida will join the fleet in November 2008 and June 2009, respectively.