Cruise Lines invests $22 billion in clean fuel tech

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said that its Cruise Lines have invested more than $22 billion in ships with new, energy-efficient technologies and cleaner fuels and achieved substantial progress.

«While cruise ships comprise far less than 1% of the global maritime community, cruise lines are at the forefront in developing responsible tourism practices and innovative technologies. Our industry leads in environmental stewardship,» said Michael Thamm, Chairman of CLIA Europe and Group CEO of Costa Group and Carnival Asia.

«The entire shipping industry benefits from early adoption of innovative technologies by cruise lines—many of which did not exist five to 10 years ago such as exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), LNG as fuel for passenger ships and shore-side power capabilities,» he added.

CLIA’s 2019 Environmental Technologies and Practices Report said that 44% of new build capacity will rely on LNG fuel for primary propulsion, a 60% increase in overall capacity compared to last year.

More than 68% of global capacity utilizes EGCS to meet or exceed air emissions requirements representing an increase in capacity of 17% compared to last year. 75% of non-LNG new builds will have EGCS installed, an increase in capacity of 8% compared to last year, the report revealed.

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