Cruise operator Carnival Corporation, which is currently preparing to resume operations later this year, has contracted Shell Marine to provide the lubricants for its 89-ship fleet in the coming years.
The carbon dioxide emissions from these lubricants will be offset through the carbon credits offered by Shell, which are sourced by investing millions in implementing nature-based solutions around the world.
In a statement, Carnival’s Vice President for Global Fuel Sourcing, Michael McNamara, emphasised the cruise giant’s commitment to providing a more sustainable and efficient cruise experience to its customers and helping to address climate change. He said he welcomed Shell’s carbon-neutral lubricant initiative, pointing out the importance of making its supply chain consistent with its own decarbonisation aims. By 2030, the company hopes to have cut its carbon emissions by 40%.
The General Manager of Shell Marine, Joris van Brussel, said about the deal:
“Shell Marine is working with our customers to help the shipping sector decarbonize. This is in line with Shell’s ambition to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner, in step with society and our customers.”
Van Brussel added that Shell was also assisting Carnival in reducing its ships’ environmental impact by helping it to optimize their engine efficiency, thanks to its integrated service for marine lubricants that encompasses digital and other technical services.
The General Manager also expressed the company’s delight at helping customers such as Carnival to advance their sustainability targets through its integrated approach to delivering carbon-neutral lubricants.