Some 44% of newbuild capacity will rely on LNG fuel for primary propulsion, according to a report compiled by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
Indeed, the cruise industry has made year-over-year progress in implementing sustainable technologies and practices according to the third annual Global Cruise Industry Environmental Technologies and Practices report.
“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 CLIA Europe chairman and Costa Group and Carnival Asia group chief executive Michael Thamm, who shared 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 5-10 years ago such as exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), LNG as fuel for passenger ships and shore-side power capabilities,” he added.
CLIA Cruise Lines have invested more than US$22Bn in ships with new, energy-efficient technologies and cleaner fuels. The report noted:
CLIA global chairman and vice chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Adam Goldstein said “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.
“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 fleetwide commitment to reduce the rate of carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 2008. It is a challenging goal, but the CLIA Cruise Lines fleet is working diligently to meet this aggressive target.”