Carnival Corporation has confirmed that 60 ships within their portfolio now have the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) to help reduce levels of emissons from their ships.
Otherwise known as ‘scrubbers’, the EGCS help reduce sulfur compounds and ‘particulate matter from a ship’s engine exhaust’ at any phase during a cruise, whether that be at sea, in port or manaeuvering. This technology falls in line with international regulations that has resulted on a cap being introduced for the sulpur content of fuel at 0.1%.
Carnival Corporation have so far invested $400m into this project and by the end of 2020, the number of ships with this technology within the portfolio should rise to 85.
A breakdown of the current brands within the corporation that has the scrubbers including 17 Carnival Cruise Line ships, 13 Holland America Line vessels, 10 Princess Cruises ships, 7 Costa Cruises vessels, 5 AIDA Cruises ships, 4 P&O Cruises (UK) vessels, 3 Cunard ships and 1 P&O Cruises Australia vessel.
Whilst the ECGS allows the ships to have the cleaning technology in such restricted spaces, Carnival Corporation is committed to the long term viability of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) power of which the new generation of ships for P&O Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises will be fueled by.
Mike Kaczmarek, Vice President of Corporate Marine Technology for Carnival Corporation was pleased at how Carnival Corporation was embracing the new technology for reducing emissons from their cruise ships and to be ahead of the game when it comes to the environment. He said:
“Our Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems represent advanced environmental technology, and underscore our company’s strong commitment to responsible sustainability practices. Due to the success we have had with improving air quality with our systems, we have expanded our commitment to install and deploy this technology from an original 32 vessels to over 85 through the end of 2020. This is part of our ongoing focus on evaluating new technologies, employing new shipbuilding techniques and implementing energy-saving initiatives throughout our fleet to protect the health and vitality of the oceans, seas and communities in which we operate.”
He further added:
“With the International Maritime Organization, the Cruise Lines Industry Association and various government organizations all calling for improved efficiency in clean operations, we see the installation of exhaust cleaning systems and use of clean fuels as steps to future-proof our fleet. We are proud to be ahead of the curve in meeting the upcoming regulations and guidelines.”
With over 100 ships in the Carnival Corporation family, they are the largest cruise organisation in the world and equates to them enjoying almost 50% of the total cruise share market, beating their closest rivals, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) and NCL Holdings.
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