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Fred. Olsen recycles 100% unwanted materials during Borealis refurb

The Binn Group's Harkins (far right) with Fred. Olsen employees in Rosyth, Scotland
Zero products went into landfill during the refurbishment of Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Borealis, acquired last September from Holland America Line (ex Rotterdam.)

‘Borealis is a beautiful ship, and while we wanted to make her our own, we also wanted to ensure that we were not wasteful,’ explained Thomas Rennesland, hotel operations director, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

Collaborative efforts with Binn Group

Working with Scotland’s Binn Group, the line was able to recycle tiles into cement and materials for construction sites, carpet into wood blocks to create fuel and timber for chipboard flooring.

Items such as bath tubs and panels, wood and pillows will be used to create energy.

So said Rennesland, ‘It makes us very proud to have achieved “zero to landfill” for this project, and I would like to thank the Binn Group who have worked with us to help us achieve our goal.’

Brian Harkins, MD, Binn Group responded, ‘Working together we have not only provided the best solution for our customer but also the best solution for the planet.

‘Carbon impact and sustainability is at the heart of what we do and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have been a pleasure to work with given that their values on sustainability and carbon align so well with our own.’

‘A large refurbishment’

‘Our crew have worked tirelessly on the refurbishment of Borealis,’ continued Rennesland. Public areas and guest cabins have been upgraded on board the 1,360-passenger ship, with a number of bathrooms now replaced.

The ship departed for its three-night maiden voyage from Liverpool on July 5, as the vessel begins its summer UK sailings.

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