Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has picked up the award for “Greenest Ship of The Year” at the International Green Shipping Awards 2016.
More than 200 of the key players from the international shipping industry attended the event held in Rotterdam on 17 and 18 October.
The award stands to promote the efforts of those players in the maritime industry who have successfully introduced sustainability practices within their core businesses.
The rest of the nominees for this award were UASC, Marinvest, and d’Amico Shipping Group.
Chief Sustainable Development Officer Dirk Vande Velde attended the event to collect the award and said the company is fully committed to ensuring sustainable practices:
“Winning this award is a great acknowledgment of the work which has been put in across the MSC business to ensure that we are operating our vessels in a more sustainable way… MSC can feel very proud of the work it is doing in this area, and we continue to be fully committed to identifying opportunities for improvements to our vessels and our working practices.”
Vande Velde also mentioned that MSC new vessels are fitted with G95 engines that comply industry standards until 2025.
Another winner of the IGS Awards was The Port of Rotterdam as the greenest port of the year. The European organization participated alongside Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Hamburg.
According to the Port of Rotterdam website, the focus is on replacing fossil fuels for renewables energies:
“The Port of Rotterdam Authority considers the transition from fossil to renewable energy one of the top priorities. The shipping industry plays a major role therein, including with the transition to cleaner fuels and more efficient propulsion and energy consumption. The shipping industry and the Port Authority are already working together in many aspects in order to achieve this”.
To find out more about Green Shipping Awards, go to http://gssummit.org
Photo: IGS awards 2016