A Memorandum of Understanding between Costa Cruises and the multinational Italian company Enel, which produces and distributes gas and electricity, aims to advance electrification technologies for sustainable maritime mobility.
The collaboration will be focused on supporting initiatives to reduce emissions when cruise ships arrive at and depart from ports in Italy and during quayside stops, with cutting-edge solutions that offer a further chance to expedite the energy transition in the cruise industry.
Nicola Lanzetta, Director of Enel for Italy, expressed pride in the agreement reached by two Italian businesses to reduce emissions in their respective sectors at the European and global levels while focusing on sustainability and innovation.
“By combining our respective skills, we intend to propose a virtuous model for maritime transport, with benefits not only for cruise passengers but also for the entire port system, which would thus see ship emissions and noise pollution reduced or eliminated,” Lanzetta stated.
The protocol attempts to implement a vessel refitting “pilot case” using technical advancements on an already-in-service cruise ship to eliminate local emissions when entering, halting at, and leaving ports.
This can be done by installing a battery power supply on the ship and a shore-side power supply and recharging mechanism.
The renovation goal is to make a Costa cruise ship emission-free from the time it docks until it departs, including the time it spends immobile on the quayside, or almost half of its working day.
“Costa has been a pioneer in the sustainable evolution of the cruise sector, for example, by introducing liquefied natural gas. said Mario Zanetti, General Manager of Costa Cruises.
“In order to take a further step forward and offer concrete answers to the challenges of the future, linked to an ever-increasing decrease in environmental impact, it is essential to work together with Italian companies such as Enel, which share our vision and have the right skills to help us move forward.”
“Our ambition is to introduce a new generation of ships operating with zero net emissions by 2050. But this is not all. Since we see the ship as an integral part of the territory, the transport activities ancillary to cruises, which take place in port and in the city, will also have to be increasingly sustainable,” Zanetti concluded.
Another critical area of shared commitment is advancing advocacy initiatives that support and encourage energy efficiency, electrification, and the production of renewable energy at ports, particularly in port areas located in urban environments, following the European New Green Deal and the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan, also known as PNIEC.
Nearly one-third of Costa’s fleet is now prepared for “cold ironing” assignments in the central Mediterranean and Italian ports, which have not yet been implemented.
One of the activities involved is “cold ironing,” or providing power to vessels via the electrification of the shore network during its port stops.
Enel claimed that the partnership might be expanded to the nations where the two organizations are active, particularly Spain.