Carnival backs scrubbers for sustainability

Carnival Corporation Carnival Corporation's new website features key facts, figures and performance results that detail how Advanced Air Quality Systems work. Image: Carnival Corporation

Carnival Corporation has launched an ‘Advanced Air Quality Systems’ website to highlight the benefit of using scrubbers to meet the IMO’s 0.5% 2020 sulphur limit and support sustainable operations in ports and the global shipping industry.

The new website features key facts, figures and performance results that detail how Advanced Air Quality Systems work in the small confines of a cruise ship, using sea water to remove virtually all the sulphur from engine exhaust to improving air emissions. Last, month, Carnival Corporation agreed to pay a US$20m fine and impose tighter environmental controls after pleading guilty to environmental offences.

"Our Advanced Air Quality Systems are an important part of our strategy to improve air quality in port and at sea, a strategy that also includes the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG), shore power and marine gasoil (MGO)," said Mike Kaczmarek, senior vice president for marine technology for Carnival Corporation.

2020 goals

Coupled with other initiatives including launching the world's first-ever cruise ships powered in port or at sea by LNG, and promoting the use of shore power, Advanced Air Quality Systems is expected to help Carnival Corporation meet its own 2020 sustainability goals and international, national and local regulations for over 700 ports Carnival’s ships visit each year.

As of July 2019, the company has installed over 220 Advanced Air Quality Systems on 77 of the more than 100 ships in its fleet, with a goal of installing nearly 400 scrubber systems over time in its multi-engine ships. By 2020, the company expects 85% of its global fleet to be fitted with Advanced Air Quality Systems at an investment of over US$500m.

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