Initiatives and Practices
The member lines of Cruise Lines International Association - North West & Canada are at the forefront of environmental technology. Collectively, member lines have invested over $60 million on wastewater purification systems that treat water to standards higher than most land-based operations. Additionally, cruise lines have invested in cleaner burning fuels and gas turbine engines that reduce air pollution.
The practices CLIA-NWC member lines employ in Alaska now serve as a model for cruise ships in other jurisdictions, including British Columbia and Hawaii. Other initiatives include:
- Shore-power plug-in systems in Juneau, Vancouver & Seattle so ships can turn off their engines while in port, reducing air emissions
- Smokeless, gas turbine engines that recycle exhaust gases and reduce pollution.
- Cleaner burning, low sulfur fuels that reduce smokestack emissions.
- Oil spill response equipment and training programs in Glacier Bay, Juneau, Ketchikan and Yakutat.
- January 15, 2013
- North America cruise port growth
With larger ships carrying more passengers, port development has matched the pace by adding new destinations to attract cruise lines and their guests worldwide.Read More
- October 6, 2012
- Cruise lines invest in ocean environment
The cruise industry has made substantial investments in technology and operating practices to exceed regulations.Read More
- September 23, 2011
- New & Advancing Technologies
Challenges associated with large ocean-going vessels and environmental stewardship seem endless. Which environmental initiative is the most important? Surely they are all important. What is being addressed with the technology we already have; how will new technologies and ship design continue to meet the challenge?Read More