May 14, 2019
by Cathy Swift
Beginning with the arrival of the Norwegian Bliss on May 30, Seattleites will soon get used to spotting a new type of marine life — the humpback whales painted on the ship’s hull by the artist Wyland. Not only are humpback whales an iconic element of the Alaska scenery, they’re also a reminder of Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) commitment to preserving the conditions of the oceans. The Port of Seattle is particularly interested in sustainability, so we looked into NCL's Sail & Sustain global environmental program.
In April 2018, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (the parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands) released its 2017 Stewardship Report that highlights the company’s progress in minimizing waste to landfill, investing in emerging technologies, and reducing CO2 emissions. The cruise line has also established environmental partnerships with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the Alaska Raptor Center, and Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center in coral reef restoration.
According to the report, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is committed to:
The company’s environmental stewardship includes initiatives in waste management, water conservation, and fuel and energy efficiency.
In 2010, Norwegian Cruise Line partnered with Waste Management to develop the Live Load offload operation to reduce offload time of waste, truck on-site time, port congestion, transportation costs, and the use of pier-side containers.
In 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line vessels who used the Live Load program recycled over 6,000 tons of recycled aluminum, cardboard/paper, scrap metals, plastics, wood pallets and glass. In more familiar terms, this resulted in:
Other waste management initiatives include donating ship furnishings to the Salvation Army rather than disposing of them, and recycling metal from retired onboard equipment.
Vessels within the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings fleet produce the majority of the water used onboard and have reduced their overall water consumption by 2.7 percent, as compared to 2015.
In 2017, the water sources on the company’s fleet came from the following sources:
Reverse Osmosis (RO) — Fresh and technical water produced onboard from seawater
Evaporators — Fresh water produced from sea water using heat sources like the Exhaust Gas Boilers, Oil Fire Boilers, or Wasted Heat recovered from the main engine high-temperature cooling system.
Bunkered Water — Potable onboard water acquired in port.
The cruise line collects data from every ship to measure the biggest centers of power consumption. A few energy conservation highlights from 2017 include:
For more information, read the 2017 Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings Stewardship Report.
May 14, 2019
by Cathy Swift
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