RINA to look at cruise sector requirements to 2050

2024-03-15T19:07:55+00:00 March 15th, 2024|Environment|

Italian class society, engineering concern and consultancy, RINA, is to undertake a comprehensive ‘Global Investment Plan Study’ aimed at steering the cruise sector towards a sustainable future.

Under a contract, awarded by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), RINA’s research will include a worldwide scenario focused on the cruise sector, mapping real-time energy needs, infrastructure and regulations up to 2050.

The cruise sector is recognised as one of the most active in driving the shipping industry towards greater sustainability.

Today, there are 55 cruise ships on order, representing an investment of €33.9 bill globally for the next five years. Of these new ships, 36 will be LNG powered and seven will be methanol ready or methanol capable.

In addition, by 2028, more than 70% of the CLIA-member cruise line fleet will have shoreside power capability.

The study is claimed to represent a major step in the cruise industry’s commitment to align with the IMO 2030 and 2050 environmental goals.

CLIA, representing 95% of the global cruise ship fleet, claimed that it plays a pivotal role, demonstrating a strong commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices within the maritime community.

Covering all areas of the world outside Europe, the study will focus on a holistic view of the cruise industry’s infrastructure and regulatory needs worldwide, aiming to provide clarity on the current status and future developments in fuel infrastructure and deployment over the next five to 10 years.

A significant emphasis will be placed on the impact of cruise ship itineraries and operations, considering various energy options, both in navigation and in port.

The study will include:

  • Analysis of global cruise market itineraries, fuel choices, and propulsion options.
  • Evaluation of worldwide fuel, bunkering, and onshore power infrastructure.
  • Study of international and local GHG regulatory frameworks and their impact on ship design and operations.
  • Estimation of the volume of energy carriers required to meet de-carbonisation targets.
  • Estimation of locations and sizes of infrastructure to support cruise itineraries and technologies, considering global funding and investment opportunities.

The study’s results are expected to shape the cruise industry’s approach to sustainability for decades to come, setting a benchmark for environmental stewardship in the maritime sector, according to both parties, RINA said.