Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2023

31 Carnival Cruise Line expands use of facial biometric technology Carnival Cruise Line has partnered with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to expand its use of facial biometric technology to expedite the disembarkation process. Nine of Carnival’s 14 homeports in the USA are using the technology in summer 2023, including PortMiami, Port Canaveral, Tampa, Jacksonville, New York, Baltimore, Mobile, Galveston and Long Beach. The technology has shortened the disembarkation process by an average of 30 per cent for the more than three million Carnival passengers who have used it so far. Guests leaving the ships at the end of a cruise take a photo at a kiosk and within seconds, the image is biometrically compared to their passport or visa photo to verify their identity with over 98 per cent accuracy. US travellers and select foreign nationals can request a manual document check from a CBP officer if they prefer to opt out of the process. Photo: Carnival Cruise Line TVV Marine Lighting focuses on sustainability Finnish firm TVV Marine Lighting is producing sustainable lighting solutions for a newbuild ship due to debut in early 2024. The company will supply custom lights for cabins and corridors, as well as portal lights. “There are not many marine lighting solutions which are suitable for B0 or B15 required areas,” said Aldona Mäkinen, CEO. “But we’ve created a custom solution for this project, of which we’re extremely proud.” Like the company’s other handmade lighting solutions, the products will be made from high-quality, durable materials, ensuring product longevity in order to limit the impact on the environment. “We think carefully about the impact to the environment during the design process and when choosing components,” said Mäkinen. “By using sustainable components and materials that can be reused, we minimise waste and help the environment. Meanwhile, clients get cost-effective and longlasting products.” DID YOU KNOW? More than 50% of the newbuilds on order from Cruise Lines International Association members will primarily run on LNG, which produces zero sulphur emissions, 25% less carbon dioxide and up to 95% less nitrogen oxide than traditional fuels. Photo: TVV Marine Lighting