The shipping industry is taking proactive measures to safeguard the environment including implementing new technologies such as exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), LNG fuel and shore-side power, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
More specifically, according to CLIA’s 2019 Environmental Technologies and Practices Report presented in Hamburg during the recent Seatrade Europe, CLIA Cruise Lines have invested more than 22 billion dollars in ships with new, energy-efficient technologies and cleaner fuels, demonstrating their commitment to clean oceans and responsible tourism practices.
“While cruise ships comprise far less than 1 percent 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.
According to the report findings, 44 percent of new build capacity is set to use LNG fuel for primary propulsion, a 60 percent rise in overall capacity compared to last year.
More than 68 percent of global capacity utilizes EGCS to meet or exceed air emissions requirements, an increase in capacity of 17 percent against a year ago, while 75 percent of non-LNG new builds will have EGCS installed, an 8 percent increase in capacity compared to last year.
All new ships on order are specified to have advanced wastewater treatment systems, up by 26 percent over 2018, and currently 68 percent of the CLIA Cruise Lines global fleet capacity is served by advanced wastewater treatment systems, up by 13 percent over 2018.
The majority of (88 percent) of new builds are either committed to be fitted with shore-side electricity systems or will be configured to add shore-side power in the future; 30 percent of global capacity – up by 10 percent since 2018 – are fitted to operate on shore-side electricity in the 16 ports worldwide where that capability is provided in at least one berth in the port; an additional 18 percent of the current capacity is planned to be retrofitted with shore-side electricity systems, representing a more than 300 percent rise in capacity compared to last year.
The average age of CLIA cruise lines fleet is now younger at 14.1 years compared to 14.6 the prior year.
“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 percent by 2030 compared to 2008. It’s a challenging goal, but the CLIA Cruise Lines fleet is working diligently to meet this aggressive target,” said Adam Goldstein, chairman of CLIA Global and vice chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The world’s largest cruise industry trade association, CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 28 million passengers who cruise annually.