Cleaner emis­sions

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - By Ar­lene Satchell Staff writer asatchell@sunsen­tinel.com

Car­ni­val Corp. im­proves ex­haust clean­ing.

Cruise op­er­a­tors are ad­vanc­ing ini­tia­tives to re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of their ships on the des­ti­na­tions they visit around the globe.

On Mon­day, cruise gi­ant Car­ni­val Corp. & PLC an­nounced it has com­pleted in­stal­la­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of ex­haust gas clean­ing sys­tems on 60 ships across its 10 brands, mark­ing an in­vest­ment of about $400 mil­lion.

The pro­pri­etary tech­nol­ogy re­duces sul­fur com­pounds and par­tic­u­lates from engine ex­hausts whether the ships are sail­ing at sea, ma­neu­ver­ing or docked in port.

The­clean­ing or scrub­ber sys­tem­swill en­able the ves­sels to im­prove the qual­ity of air emis­sions and meet in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tions that place a cap on sul­fur con­tent of fuel oil at 0.1per­cent, the cruise com­pany said.

The ex­haust clean­ing sys­tems have been in­stalled and cer­ti­fied on ves­sels from eight of Car­ni­val’s cruise brands. They in­clude 17 ships from Car­ni­val Cruise Line, 13 from Hol­land Amer­ica Line, 10 from Princess Cruises, seven from Costa Cruises, and five fromAIDA Cruises.

Other ves­sels in Car­ni­val’s 102-ship fleet will re­ceive the scrub­bers in coming years.

“Due to the suc­cess we have had with im­prov­ing air qual­ity with our sys­tems, we have ex­panded our com­mit­ment to in­stall and de­ploy this tech­nol­ogy from an orig­i­nal 32 ves­sels to over 85 through the end of 2020,” said Mike Kacz­marek, vice pres­i­dent of cor­po­rate ma­rine tech­nol­ogy, in a news re­lease.

Car­ni­val Corp. is also build­ing new ships that will be pow­ered solely by liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas, con­sid­ered the clean­est-burn­ing fos­sil fuel. The first of its seven LNG-pow­ered ves­sels is ex­pected to de­but in 2019.

Var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions have called on the in­dus­try to find ways to clean up emis­sions fromships.

Other com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., MSC Cruises and Nor­we­gian Cruise Line are tak­ing steps to re­duce the car­bon foot­prints of their ships ei­ther through scrub­ber tech­nol­ogy and/or by adding fu­ture LNG-pow­ered ships.

Last Oc­to­ber, Royal Caribbean an­nounced a new Icon-class of LNG-fu­eled ships, with the first ves­sels slated for de­liv­ery in mid-2022 and mid-2024. Those Icon ships will join its name­sake Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional cruise brand. This year, the line will be­gin test­ing fuel cell tech­nol­ogy on one of its ex­ist­ing Oa­sis­class ships.

As of Septem­ber, Nor­we­gian had out­fit­ted three ships with gas scrub­ber tech­nol­ogy, and said it was on track to re­duce its global sul­fur cap from 3.5 per­cent to 0.5 per­cent by 2020.

Swiss-based MSC Cruises, which op­er­ates its North Amer­i­can divi­sion from Fort Laud­erdale, said last April it planned to build up to four new LNG-pow­ered ships, with the first two to be de­liv­ered in 2022 and 2024.

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