The cruise industry has made unprecedented, year-over-year progress in implementing sustainable technologies and practices claimed the third annual ‘Global Cruise Industry Environmental Technologies and Practices Report’ compiled by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
“While cruise ships comprise far less than 1% of the global maritime community, cruise lines are at the forefront in developing responsible tourism practices and innovative technologies. Our industry leads in environmental stewardship,” said Michael Thamm, Chairman of CLIA Europe and Group CEO of Costa Group and Carnival Asia (pictured), who announced the results at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg.
“The entire shipping industry benefits from early adoption of innovative technologies by cruise lines—many of which did not exist five to 10 years ago such as exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), LNG as fuel for passenger ships and shore-side power capabilities,” he added.
According to the report, CLIA members have invested more than $22 bill in ships with new, energy-efficient technologies and cleaner fuels, and achieved substantial progress in these areas:
• LNG Fuel – The 2019 report found 44% of newbuild capacity will rely on LNG fuel for primary propulsion, a 60% increase in overall capacity compared to last year
• Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) – More than 68% of global capacity utilises EGCS to meet or exceed air emissions requirements, representing an increase in capacity of 17% compared to last year. In addition, 75% of non-LNG newbuilds will have EGCS installed, an increase in capacity of 8% compared to 2018
• Advanced Wastewater Treatment Systems – 100% of new ships on order are specified to have advanced wastewater treatment systems (an increase of 26% over 2018) and currently 68% of the CLIA Cruise Lines global fleet capacity is served by advanced wastewater treatment systems – an increase of 13% over 2018
• Shoreside Power Capability – In port, cruise ships are increasingly equipped with the technology to allow for the delivery of shoreside electricity, thus allowing engines to be switched off. There are many collaborations with ports and governments to increase the availability
• Fleet Age – CLIA members’ fleets are getting younger: The average age of the fleets is 14.1 years compared to 14.6 the previous year.
“CLIA Cruise Lines are passionate about clean oceans and committed to responsible tourism practices and the highest standards of environmental stewardship—with policies and practices often exceeding those required by law,” said Adam Goldstein, Chairman of CLIA Global and Vice Chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises.
“While we are encouraged by and proud of the progress we’ve made, we know there is still work to be done. The cruise industry is a pioneer in maritime environmental protection and has made a fleet-wide commitment to reduce the rate of carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 2008. It’s a challenging goal, but the CLIA Cruise Lines fleet is working diligently to meet this aggressive target.”