Wärtsilä signed a framework agreement with Carnival Corp to supply and install Wärtsilä’s advanced waste water and dry waste treatment systems for up to 32 vessels across Carnival Corp’s operating brands
Wärtsilä’s membrane bioreactor waste water treatment plants handle black and grey waste water and the company said the system surpasses the most demanding standards set by IMO for sewage discharge, including paragraph 4.2 of MEPC 227 (64), which applies to special areas.
The company’s dry waste handling system complies with IMO Marpol requirements, and is designed to minimise greenhouse gas emissions. Wärtsilä’s advanced technologies and vast experience were cited as being major considerations in the award of this contract.
“There is increased awareness within the cruise industry of environmental sustainability, and Wärtsilä is proud and ready to support this focus with the most advanced and compliant solutions. We continue to work with Carnival Corp to enhance their goals for waste reduction, in line with their internal strategy,” said Wärtsilä water and waste’s director Arto Lehtinen.
Carnival Corp senior vice president, global strategic sourcing Jon McKeown said “We very much appreciate Wärtsilä’s support and their capabilities in delivering high quality, reliable solutions tailored to our specific requirements. The environmental legislation barrier for the cruise industry is set very high, so we seek the latest technologies to ensure compliance.”
The equipment will be delivered and installed on board different ships across Carnival’s brands between 2020 and 2025.
Carnival Corp said environmental compliance and sustainability remains a top priority. In recent years Carnival Corp and subsidiary Princess Cruises have been subject to hefty penalties by federal authorities in the United States owing to environmental breaches.
This week the company awarded Shell Marine lubricants a multi-year contract to provide marine lubricants to its global fleet. In addition Carnival will offset the carbon dioxide emissions from the marine lubricants it purchases from Shell through Shell’s nature-based carbon credits.
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