MSC makes clear its position on LNG-fuelled ships

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s second largest containerline , has made its position clear on LNG as a fuel.

Unlike its French rival CMA CGM, MSC believes there is not enough infrastructure around the world to support LNG fuelled ships at present.

MSC is the largest investor in exhaust scrubbers among all liners at present.

Speaking at a recent conference in Germany, Bud Darr, MSC Group’s executive vice president for maritime policy and government affairs, discussed how MSC has opted for a combination of compliant low-sulphur fuels and hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems to meet next year’s sulphur cap regulations.

“Currently, LNG is not a viable option for MSC due (sic) the limited LNG bunkering facilities available at ports,” MSC stated in its website.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. There are plenty of choices to do LNG bunkering:
    – Truck-to-Ship
    – Ship-to-Ship
    – Terminal (Port)-to-Ship
    – ISO Tank Container-to-Ship
    I think it is quite improbable that on any liner main route they could face problems to find a supplier.

  2. I totally agree with MSC.
    The IMO has been totally mislead by the Climate change crowd some of whom sit in the IMO despite the fact they have never owned or operated a ship.
    When the Oil companies come up with a ships fuel that creates cleaner engine exhaust without the need to modify the engines that have been safely used for decades.
    Germany produces the same amount of CO2 in its area as the shipping industry does in 2/3rds of the Worlds surface which totally absorbs it.
    Clean up the Land first before attacking the Seas.

Back to top button