While CLIA members’ approximately 300 oceangoing ships, expected to transport 24m travelers this year, comprise far less than 1% of the global merchant fleet’s 50,000 oceangoing ships, cruise operators are at the forefront of developing responsible environmental practices and innovative technologies that lead the world’s shipping sector.
Many cruise lines exceed environmental regulatory requirements in a number of areas.
'Protecting and caring for the environment is fundamental to the cruise industry. We depend on healthy oceans, clean beaches and pristine destinations that meet passengers’ expectations today and in the future,' said CLIA's Bud Darr, svp technical and regulatory affairs.
For his part, World Ocean Council chair Neil Baird noted tourism is the largest economic sector globally by many measures, and it is dominated by coastal and marine interests.
'The cruise industry is the fastest growing ocean industry and so we welcome CLIA’s involvement in the WOC,' Baird added. 'We look forward to marine and coastal tourism and resort operators becoming involved in the WOC in order to bring their corporate ocean responsibility leadership to the efforts of the collective ocean business community.'