More specifically, the agreement aims to increase three main areas:
- Enhanced control of exhaust emissions through concerted action, mainly in terms of deploying advanced exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) and LNG propulsion in which the Costa Group is investing heavily;
- Creation of a dedicated warehouse for the strategic equipment and spare parts needed for repair and refit operations in the Chantier Naval de Marseille (CNM) shipyard. This warehouse will be made available to all CNM customers. Along with the relevant government departments, the Marseille Fos Port Authority will provide support to CNM as regards introducing the most efficient processes and equipment;
- Development of a training project for naval officers and engineers wanting to join the Costa Group's fleet, setting up a specific professional marine training course in Marseille.
Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group and Carnival Asia, stated:
Marseille is a very strategic port for our operations in the western Mediterranean. We are delighted to continue and strengthen our partnership with the Marseille Fos Port Authority and Chantier Naval de Marseille. This ambitious and innovative project clearly reflects our desire to support the Mediterranean region and further strengthen the specialist territorial expertise found in the maritime sector.
Moreover, the Costa Group is investing in exhaust gas cleaning system technology, in order to meet the regulations to reduce the affects of gas emissions.
In cooperation with the Port of Marseille Fos, a certification process will start, which will validate the feasibility of the system on the basis of a series of predefined samples taken ship by ship.