MSC Divina Set to Top ‘Green’ Cruise Charts
Courtesy of MSC Cruises.
MSC Cruises’ newest Fantasia-class ship, MSC Divina – currently being built in the STX Europe shipyards in France with her scheduled launch in May 2012 – received accolades for her energy efficiency ratings from a new shipping efficiency website.
This announcement comes via Shippingefficiency.org – a new website created to enable businesses and members of the public to consult independent energy efficiency ratings of ocean-going vessels so they can make an informed green choice.
Founded by the entrepreneurs behind the charity Carbon War Room – including Virgin Group Chairman Sir Richard Branson – Shipping Efficiency uses a straightforward “A” to “G” rating system that is based on the methodology the International Maritime Organization developed for the United Nations Energy Efficiency Design Index. The ratings are presented on an intuitive graphical scale similar to those used to show the energy efficiency of houses, making them effortless to understand and compare.
The powerful yet easy-to-use search engine allows site visitors to instantly consult a database of about 60,000 ships which provides a range of information including year of construction, dead weight tonnage and engine size, as well as energy efficiency.
Cruise goers who want to make a difference in reducing carbon emissions will find the ratings provide confirmation of MSC Cruises’ commitment to making “green” choices. MSC’s flagships MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia earned the top “A” rating, as MSC Divina will do next year. In fact, every ship in the MSC Cruises fleet is at the top of its class.
For those planning an MSC Cruise, visit the Shipping Efficiency website to obtain each ship’s rating. The ratings reveal MSC Cruises’ energy efficiency matches the industry-leading ecoship and cleanship credentials and certifications it’s earned and awards received for creative interior design, comfort, cuisine and friendly service.