Danish Company Knud E. Hansen announced its latest design for a sail-assisted cruise vessel that is able to accommodate up to 100 passengers and has a variety of 6,000 nautical miles. The vessel combines low-sulphur diesel and wind power, making it able to sail to emission control areas and makes it be in line with IMO’s regulations.
Corvus Energy, a Canadian manufacturer of energy storage systems, announced that it will launch a new battery for cruise ships, Ro-pax and ro-ro with unlimited capacity. According to the company, the Corvus Blue Whale is a fit to applications requiring low charge or discharge rate, in combination with high energy demand.
French cruise company Ponant and Saint-Nazaire-based maritime shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique have teamed up to test a revolutionary sailing system on the company’s vessel ‘Le Ponant’, expected to significantly reduce energy consumption tied to propulsion and thus minimize the operation’s environmental footprint.
Climate initiatives such as the World Ports Climate Action Program took centre stage at the first day of the GreenPort Congress being held in Valencia, Spain, on 16 October. Meanwhile, the event touched upon how the industry needs to balance a mix of priorities and investments to meet the 2020 sulphur cap.
Port of Bergen will build Europe’s largest onshore power supply in Norway’s largest cruise port. The aim is for the facility to be ready at the beginning of the cruise season in 2020. The shore power facility will be able to supply three cruise vessels with power simultaneously.
The Hanseatic and University City of Rostock, AIDA Cruises and Rostock Port signed a letter of intent to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable cruise shipping on the Rostock. The agreement includes the construction of a shore power plant in Rostock-Warnemünde by 2020.
Wärtsilä has recently announced the development of a complete offering for handling dry waste in cruise ships, which complements the company’s portfolio for handling wet waste, thus providing a total waste management offering.
Carnival announced that its bunker saving ship, Carnival Vista, has been awarded an “ECO Notation” from Lloyd’s Register, marking the first Carnival Cruise Line ship to achieve this distinction.
RINA Services recently awarded Carnival Maritime GmbH ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001 certificates. Now the Carnival Maritime office in Hamburg as well as 26 ships in Carnival Maritime’s fleet have been awarded environmental management and safety management certifications.
Environmental Group Friends of the Earth has revealed its Cruise Ship Report Card which compares the environmental footprint of 17 major cruise lines and 171 cruise ships.
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