'Marine-based environmental legislation is decades behind that of land regulation so it is not enough for the cruise industry to aim to be just slightly beyond that legislation.'
The good news: the Mediterranean market is recovering from economic issues, with even hard-hit Spain turning the corner, and key ports like Barcelona with its current Oasis of the Seas mini-season are proving they can handle cruising's largest new ships.
On the downside, infrastructure is uneven, geopolitical issues dog certain regions, taxation and regulations pose challenges and many European governments fail to appreciate cruising as an engine for economic growth and jobs.
With the arrival of the passenger boarding bridge from FMT in Sweden, San Francisco's new cruise terminal at Pier 27 is close to handling its first ship one week from today followed by a Sept. 25 grand opening. Among the highly flexible facility's novel features is an accordion-like mobile security perimeter that can be removed on non-cruise days to allow public access to the waterfront. Numerous environmental elements are also built in.
Advances in waste reduction were achieved during the Sustainable Cruise Ship Project co-funded by the European Commission within the framework of the European LIFE+ program and led by Costa Crociere.
The first of four MSC Cruises ships to undergo the 'Renaissance Program' of enhancements was extended by 24 meters on Wednesday at Fincantieri's Palermo yard.
Hurtigruten passengers have donated nearly $250,000 since 2005 for charitable organizations in Greenland and Antarctica, two of the company's destinations. A large portion of this money, raised through auctions aboard the expedition ship Fram, has gone to the South Georgian Heritage Trust to help endangered seabirds.
Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation issued the 2014 Large Commercial Passenger Vessel Wastewater Discharge General Permit, which satisfies the regulatory provisions of Alaska Statute 46.03.460 through AS 46.03.490 as amended in 2013 by House Bill 80.
Quantum of the Seas will have a giant 20% leap in fuel efficiency per available passenger day over Oasis and Allure of the Seas through myriad initiatives including an innovative air lubrication system. The ship will ride on a carpet of drag-reducing micro-bubbles that, at speed, is expected to cut fuel consumption a net 7% to 8%, according to Harri Kulovaara, evp maritime for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Evac Oy has acquired the CleanSea Marine business from Headworks Bio Inc, a forerunner in the field of land based municipal and industrial wastewater treatment as well as in marine applications.