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What Are Cruise Lines Doing To Go Green?

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Royal Caribbean International | Jason Leppert | August 19, 2016

What Are Cruise Lines Doing To Go Green?

 Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line 

The cruise industry strives to be an exemplary environmental steward, and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has shared its 2016 Environment Sustainability Report to indicate areas in which cruise ships are doing their part to better the natural environment.

After all, it’s like Richard D. Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited has said in the past, that it’s within the industry’s best interest to protect the destinations ships sail to and rely on for tourism.

In fact, I discovered on my last cruise that Cunard Line made environmental upgrades to its flagship Queen Mary 2 as part of its $132 million remastering, adding scrubbers in the process. Essentially, scrubbers help to reduce sulphur and particulate emissions by cleaning ship exhaust systems.

 READ MORE: How Do Cruise Ships Affect the Environment? 

Also, its corporate cousin, the new Carnival Vista from Carnival Cruise Line was just awarded the brand’s first “ECO Notation” from classification society Lloyd’s Register (pictured above). This means the ship has qualified as environmentally-friendly by virtue of its design, construction and operation, exceeding International Maritime Organization and other regulatory mandates. The Vista features such technologies as an Intelligent Power Management System for efficient diesel engine fuel conservation and emissions reduction.

“Achieving the ECO Notation clearly demonstrates Carnival Cruise Line’s commitment to responsible environmental stewardship,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Carnival Vista was designed to operate at the highest standards set by the international maritime industry, and everyone involved in creating and operating this exceptional ship can take great pride in their achievement.”

Collectively, CLIA cruise line members have spent more than $1 billion in advanced emissions technologies and alternative fuels and have also worked with IMO towards a 30 percent reduction of new ship CO2 emissions by 2025. Endeavors to limit fuel consumption by as much as 5 percent also extend to special ecological, non-toxic hull coatings.

 READ MORE: Customer-First Tech A Big Winner For Carnival's Vista 

Waste management and recycling are also at the forefront of environmental initiatives as some cruise ships even recycle, reduce, reuse, donate and convert almost 100 percent of their waste, and remarkably CLIA says, “waste management professionals recycle 60 percent more waste per person than the average person recycles on shore each day.”

The cruise industry is also ahead of the curve in regards to developing advanced wastewater treatment systems like the one onboard the Carnival Vista as well as implementing the ship’s low-energy LED lighting, another area where more and more ships are significantly cutting back on energy use.

Also fascinating about the Vista specifically is its compliance with the Hong Kong Convention for Safe Recycling of Ships when the ship itself is eventually recycled cleanly well into the future.


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