>To: "Potter, Bruce" <bpotter@...>,
>Subject: Cruise industry and environment .. Standards
>Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2008 03:28:04 +0000
>Extract from Royal Caribbean officials interview ....:
>TDN: The tourism industry adopts green policies as climate changes.
>What is Royal Caribbean's policy for the environment and what have
>you done so far?
>H. B.: The foundation of our onboard environmental activities is our
>Save The Waves programme. It focuses on three key principles:
>reducing the creation or generation of waste materials; recycling as
>much as possible; and ensuring proper disposal of remaining waste.
>The Save The Waves programme, started in 1992, formalised what was
>then 24-years of environmentally oriented activities within the
>company. Since its creation, the Save The Waves programme has grown
>in size and complexity, and today is integrated into the daily
>operations onboard all our ships. This includes environmental
>officers onboard each ship; a waste-management programme that
>completely addresses each waste stream; environmental training for
>every crew member; and the creation of the Safety and Environment
>Department within the company's corporate offices.
>Our Environmental Management System meets ISO 14001 environmental
>standards, stressing continual improvement.
>We are improving every year with some of the latest proven
>environmental technology. In recent years, we have introduced to the
>industry cleaner bilge-water-purification systems, as well as
>reduced-emission, gas turbine engines. The former has improved
>bilge-water purity by 5 to 7 times and the latter has reduced
>smokestack emissions of sulphur oxide (SOX) and nitrous oxide (NOX)
>by more than 80 and 90 percent respectively. Also, greater energy
>efficiencies are built into our new ships related to propulsion,
>air conditioning, lighting, hull shapes and hull paints. We are
>proud of these advances and are determined to maintain our policy of
>All aspects of reducing our impact on the environment are important
>to Royal Caribbean International. One example of this is our work to
>reduce fuel consumption. Examples of our efforts include:
>Continuing to build more fuel-efficient ships. Freedom of the Seas,
>Liberty of the Seas and Independence of the Seas, for example are
>15% larger than the next largest ship, but are actually more fuel
>efficient per guest berth. (Our Freedom-class ships use the same
>number of engines, same propulsion pods and same bow thrusters as
>our Voyager-class ships. Our Freedom-class ships do have a new and
>more efficient hull design.)
>We are giving even greater attention to itinerary planning both now
>and for the future in terms of timing, speeds and distances, etc.
>We are tweaking the arrival and departure times at some ports of
>call so our ships can save fuel while sailing to the next port.
>We are altering the speed of our ships while at sea to gain the
>greatest fuel efficiency.
>We are installing new generators on some ships, which will produce
>electricity much more efficiently.
>We are turning off air conditioning in areas that are not being used.
>We are using special window tinting on our ships to keep them cooler
>and reduce the load placed upon our air conditioning systems.
>We are even using fewer lights and using different types of bulbs
>(LEDs rather than halogens).
>We are using some renewable fuels (bio-diesel) in eight of our ships
>(Radiance class and Millennium class), which reduce the CO2
>emissions from those ships by 78 percent.
>These efforts have reduced our total fuel consumption from 2005 to
>2006 by 10 percent for Royal Caribbean International and by 15
>percent for Celebrity Cruises on a per-passenger cruise day basis.
>Michael Verikios - Wednesday, January 30, 2008
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