Passenger shipping operators are implementing measures to protect the oceans and marine life (Image: Jakob Owens)
International Cruise & Ferry Review is delighted to launch the Cruise & Ferry Green List, a new initiative that recognises the environmental credentials of products used in the passenger shipping industry.
“Passenger shipping companies are continuously implementing projects to improve the sustainability of their operations and reduce their impact on the environment,” said executive editor Jon Ingleton. “In part, the move towards more sustainable operations is driven by legislation or pressure from environmental groups, but brand leaders – including at the three biggest cruise companies – are personally championing improvement programmes. Richard Fain, for example, still headlines the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Commitment To Oceans initiative, while most people who have talked to Arnold Donald will be well aware that Carnival Corporation’s Sustainability From Ship to Shore is a report that has his very personal attention. Likewise, Frank Del Rio at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings spearheads the company’s Sail & Sustain initiative.”
While ferry companies are generally a little less visibly active in this field, there is a growing tendency towards a more public presentation of environmental stewardship.
“European ferry operators such as Brittany Ferries and Stena Line have rich content on their websites and are adopting what appears to be a well-structured, goal-orientated approach to sustainability,” said Ingleton. “Canadian operator BC Ferries is also famed for its SeaForward programme. Passenger shipping has championed solutions for reducing emissions, and now the whole industry is innovating across every sub-sector, hundreds of smaller initiatives are in progress at most companies. Not every innovation will provide as big an impact as the first LNG-fuelled cruise ship or the first battery-powered ferry, but every single advancement that contributes to improving the environmental performance of passenger ships deserves to be celebrated – and implemented!”
The Cruise & Ferry Green List will present a collection of products and services that will help passenger shipping companies to drive environmental improvements and operate more sustainably.
For now, there are two products in the Green List. Forbo Flooring Systems has been working towards improving its environmental footprint across its product range for many years and we’ve picked the natural Westbond range for this list because the tiles are made from undyed wool, while more than 70% of the carpet backing is made from recycled content and 100% of its polyamide trim is recovered in the UK. Also listed is Elmo Leather, which has pioneered a tanning process that gives the company confidence to claim it produces “the most environmentally friendly leather in the world”.
More products will be added in the coming weeks and months. If your organisation has a product that you consider to be suitable for inclusion on the Green List, please contact Jon Ingleton.
The Cruise & Ferry Green List can be accessed via the website’s Resources section, or by following this link.