Investing in scrubbers
Carnival Corporation & plc, one of the world's largest cruise companies, plans to significantly increase installation of its exhaust gas cleaning technology to more than 70 of its vessels.
In real terms, this will mean that over 70% of the company’s entire fleet will now be fitted with the ECO Exhaust Gas Cleaning system – up from the original 32 ship announcement in September 2013.
Arnold Donald, chief executive officer, Carnival Corporation, said: “We believe Carnival Corporation's investment in this industry-leading technology will set a new course in environmental protection and cleaner air for years to come. Increasing environmental sustainability is one of our most important corporate goals, and having the new systems on our ships will be another effective way for us to meet that objective."
Carnival is investing as much as $400m to design, build and install the systems, which it said are being used for the first time in the restricted space found on cruise ships.
The systems will enable Carnival Corporation to meet new regulations that place a cap on sulphur content of fuel oil at 0.1%, resulting in significantly reduced air emissions and mitigating escalating fuel costs.
They are scheduled to be installed on the vessels over the next three years. The current installation schedule initially includes 22 Carnival Cruise Lines vessels, nine Holland America Line vessels, seven Princess Cruises vessels and three Cunard vessels.
In addition, AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises, will also install the systems – 10 for AIDA Cruises and six for Costa Cruises.
The remaining schedule of installations will be forthcoming.