A cruise ship operator has introduced what it claims is the first ever ship of its kind to run on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) when it’s in port.
Carnival Corporation said this was one of several ways it made significant progress towards its 2020 sustainability goals in 2016.
It says the lower emission fossil fuel has played a part in achieving a 24.8% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to the 2005 baseline.
By the end of 2016, around 59% of Carnival Corporation’s fleet was equipped with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems, which significantly improve air emissions by reducing sulfur compounds and particulate matter from engine exhaust.
Around 40% of its ships are also able to use an alternative power source while in port.
The firm has expanded its partnership with marine power service firm Wärtsilä to include a long-term diesel engine maintenance agreement and drive further energy efficiency gains.
Bill Burke, Chief Maritime Officer for Carnival Corporation said: “We take our commitment to sustainability and the environment very seriously and take proactive measures to ensure that sustainability is ingrained in the core of our business practices.
“Our top priority is to consistently exceed our guests’ expectations for a great cruise vacation – and that includes providing an exceptionally safe, comfortable and enjoyable environment for our guests and crew members, while at the same time maintaining our deep commitment to protecting the oceans, seas and destinations we visit.”
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