The largest international transport and logistics company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has decided not to use the Arctic as a new short way for container traffic between Northern Europe and Asia. As MSC press-service reports, the shipping company intends to focus on improving the environmental performance of its operations on existing international routes.
The MSC statement notes that the entire Northern Sea Route lies in Arctic waters. Ships of shipping lines have already passed through this route in test mode, which can become an alternative for international navigation due to ice melting. However, MSC management believes that the 21 million shippers' containers transported annually by its vessels can be transported worldwide without passing through this Arctic corridor.
"As a responsible company with a strong maritime heritage and service, MSC believes that the disappearance of Arctic ice is a matter of deep concern. Every drop in the ocean is precious, and our industry must focus on limiting emissions and protecting the marine environment on existing shipping lines," President and CEO of MSC Group Diego Aponte said.
The sharp increase in container traffic in the Arctic could damage air quality in the region and threaten the biodiversity of intact marine habitats, a risk that MSC cannot take.
This solution is part of MSC's efforts to achieve sustainable and environmentally friendly development of the transport and logistics group. For example, the MSC has completed a program to modernize more than 250 ships in its fleet using the latest environmentally friendly technologies, which will help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by almost 2 million tons per year.
As part of these measures, the company said in a statement, the new MSC Gülsün, which is the largest container ship in the world, was added to the fleet. The project is also characterized by improved environmental performance: when transporting 1 ton of cargo per mile, the carbon dioxide emissions will only amount to 7.49 grams.
MSC’s fleet improvement program has resulted in a 13% reduction in CO2 emissions per transport work in 2015-2018 and will help the container shipping industry make progress towards the United Nations International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2030 CO2 targets.
Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC), an international private shipping company, was founded in 1970 by Gianluigi Aponte and is still owned by the Aponte family. It is the world's second-largest linear operator of container fleet capacity with 480 branches in 155 countries around the world. The company employs more than 70 thousand people. In addition to sea vessels, the company has at its disposal a developed network of railway transport and motor transport all over the world. Vessels of the company sail on 200 routes and carry outcalls in 500 times transporting about 21 million TEUs of cargo. As of 2018, the MSC fleet includes 473 vessels with a total capacity of 3,118,108 TEUs.