MSC Euribia successfully connects to shore power at Kiel’s Ostuferhafen cruise terminal

   June 3, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

MSC Euribia has successfully connected to the shore power facility at Kiel’s Ostuferhafen cruise terminal for the first time, marking a significant step in MSC Cruises' efforts to reduce emissions. During the ship’s stay at Kiel (Germany), all operations were powered by the local grid, eliminating the need for engine use at the port.

MSC Euribia will connect to shore power up to 20 times this season. Additionally, the ship underwent LNG bunkering in Kiel before setting sail on a 7-night voyage. This marks the first simultaneous execution of these processes. Alongside MSC Euribia, other MSC ships - Virtuosa, Poesia, and Preziosa - are also utilizing shore power across various Northern European ports.

MSC Cruises plans to achieve 220 shore power connections by the end of the year, with 16 of its 22 vessels equipped for this. MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia, and MSC Preziosa were retrofitted last year to enable shore power use, with more ships to follow as port infrastructure develops.

MSC Euribia, launched in June 2023, is the second LNG-powered ship in MSC's fleet, reflecting the company's commitment to maritime decarbonization. MSC Cruises continues to invest in LNG as a pathway to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is adding three new LNG ships to its fleet, with deliveries scheduled between 2025 and 2027.