MSC signs Cannes Charter to reduce the environmental impact of cruise ships

As part of their commitment to foster sustainable practices by cruise lines in the Bay of Cannes, the Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, the President of the CCI Nice Côte d’Azur, Jean-Pierre Savarino, and the Executive Vice President of Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, MSC Group, Bud Darr, today signed a charter to reduce the environmental impact of cruise ships.

The Charter, drawn up by Cannes City Hall and the Nice Côte d’Azur CCI, encourages cruise companies to join and participate in the programme by offering incentives for their actions to help to protect the environment.

Eight cruise companies – three major groups and five independent companies – have since 25 July, 2019 signed the ‘Cruise Charter’. By the end of this year, 93 per cent of cruisers visiting Cannes will have travelled with signatory companies, which represents 420,460 passengers. Companies that refuse to sign the charter will be banned from disembarking their passengers in Cannes from 1 January 2020 onwards. This tripartite agreement between the Cannes City Hall, the CCI Nice Côte d’Azur – manager of the Old Port – and MSC Cruises pledges four environmental commitments to preserve the bay of Cannes and its exceptional ecosystem. Today’s signature, in the presence of Erminio Eschena, Director of Institutional Affairs and Industrial Relations of MCS Cruises, is a major step forward in terms of environmental stewardship.

As part of its unprecedented €11.6 billion investment plan, MSC Cruises, whose fleet will grow to 25 ships by 2027, is investing significantly in advanced, state-of-the-art environment technologies for its fleet.

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