cruise ships

Arctic cruise operators commit to less plastic, more beach cleanups

This summer, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators is working with cruise operators on identifying how the expedition cruise industry can drastically reduce the use of disposable plastics on ships. AECO will also continue to engage thousands of cruise passengers in beach cleanups in the Arctic.

Icebreaker to make cruises on North Pole during summer

Atomflot, a Russian company that maintains nuclear-powered icebreakers, informed that an icebreaker of the company will conduct five cruises to the North Pole the coming summer. The cruise will start on late June and will last until the beginning of August. During one of the icebreaker’s voyage the ship will transport 120 tourists to the North Pole.

HFO use by cruise ships in IMO Polar Code Arctic

The International Council on Clean Transportation issued five briefing papers, prepared by PhD Bryan Comer, summarizing HFO use in the IMO Polar Code Arctic, for 2015. Analyzing data for the cruise sector, the paper reveals 40 of 62 cruise ships operated on HFO in the region in 2015, with most HFO-fueled cruise ships flying the Bahamas flag. 

More cruise ships to sail in the Arctic

More and more companies are attempting to expand into Arctic cruise shipping. The newest attempt is by Lindblad, which celebrated the keel laying of its first polar new build at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, Poland. However, this is not the first cruise ship aimed to sail in the Arctic. Namely, 16 new expedition vessels for Arctic waters are being designed.

China to get its first polar expedition cruise ship

Namely, the vessel will be 104.4 meters long, 18.4 meters wide and will have a weight of 7,400 tonnes, reaching a speed of at least 15.5 knots. Moreover, it will have electric propulsion and control system, thus being able to sail through high-latitude sea ice. The ship will be designed by the Norwegian shipbuilding company Ulstein.

New EU-funded project to improve Arctic search and rescue

21 international partners will join forces to enhance Arctic search and rescue through the new ARCSAR network. Having secured €3.5 million in EU funding, the project will run for five years and include a live exercise on a cruise vessel, in a bid to strengthen cooperation and innovation in emergency response in Arctic and North Atlantic.

MV Werften begins construction of Polar expedition yacht

“Crystal Endeavor” will be the largest  and is expected to start its journey on 2020, travelling in the world’s polar and most remote destinations. The megayacht will cruise in Polar Regions during the summer and autumn in medium “first year” ice, possibly including old ice inclusions.

Ulstein cuts steel for first polar expedition cruise vessel

The expedition cruise ship is designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS, aiming to enhance safety. The vessel will incorporate the X-BOW, a bow that can sustain inclement weather. Moreover, expanded fuel and water tanks will facilitate extended operations in remote areas.

Cunard Line announces its return to Alaska

Cunard Lines has announced its first cruise to Alaska ports in twenty years. The cruise will include four round-trip sailings on board the vessel Queen Elizabeth, which will departure Vancouver in May/June 2019.

NABU: Cruise ships pose risk to Arctic nature and human health

Air samples taken in the port of Reykjavik, Iceland, show high concentrations of ultrafine particles, according to NABU experts, who found that air pollution levels in the wind direction from arriving or departing vessels were up to 1,000 times higher compared to local background concentrations.