NAMEPA’s Marine Environmental Protection (MEP) Sustainability Award given to MSC Cruises


MSC Cruises received NAMEPA’s Marine Environmental Protection (MEP) Award for Sustainability at the North American Maritime Environmental Protection Association’s 16th Annual Conference and Awards Dinner, hosted at SUNY Maritime College on November 2nd, 2023. The Sustainability category of the MEP Awards was sponsored by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Captain Jennifer Williams, VP of Maritime Policy, CLIA, presented the Sustainability MEP Award to Rick Sasso, Chairman, MSC Cruises USA. Sasso expressed MSC Cruises’ value of sustainability, stating, “[It’s] not just because somebody says we have to. It’s because we want to. That’s MSC.”

MSC Cruises has long been an advocate for sustainability in the maritime industry with their goal to be net-zero by 2050. This year they launched the MSC Euribia, a ship which performed the world’s first net-zero GHG emissions voyage, all while touting #SaveTheSea on its hull. This historic performance was made possible by using bio-LNG on a mass balance approach.

Additionally, MSC Cruises put forth a television campaign to show the public how important sustainability is to the cruise line: MSC Cruises | Discover the Future of Cruising – YouTube. Sasso said, “We all talk about net-zero by 2050… I want to make sure that we educate people that MSC will be there.”