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Silversea to Launch First-Ever Cruise Ship That Uses Fuel Cells to Provide 100% of Power While at Port

The cruise industry’s first hybrid-powered ship is set to debut in summer 2023 as part of Royal Caribbean Group’s luxury brand Silversea Cruises. The new class of ships, known as Project Evolution, will operate using a trio of power sources including a fuel cell system, battery technology and dual-fuel engines using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the main fuel.

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Hurtigruten Expeditions adds third battery hybrid powered ship as expedition cruising resumes

Hurtigruten Expeditions continues to push boundaries for green travel: As expedition cruising restarts, the world leader in exploration travel introduces the expedition cruise line’s third battery-hybrid powered ship – MS Otto Sverdrup. Equipped with battery backs and other green technology, MS Otto Sverdrup will operate year-round expedition cruises from Hamburg to the Norwegian coast.

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Aura Expeditions Certified 100% Carbon Neutral

Aurora Expeditions has announced its certification as 100-percent carbon neutral as part of its long-term sustainability strategy. According to a press release, this certification was achieved in partnership with South Pole – an emission reductions project developer and global climate action expert.

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Congestion blamed on deployment, not lack of cruise ports

With cruise ships numbering in the hundreds and destinations in the many thousands, ‘You don’t have a port congestion problem; you have a deployment problem,’ Inchcape Shipping Services’ Grant Holmes said. Holmes spoke during a Seatrade Cruise Global panel dedicated to sustainability. This session was moderated by Joyce Landry, CEO, Landry & Kling Global Cruise Services and founder, SustainableShips.com.

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MSC Pledges To Achieve Net Zero Emissions From Its Cruise Operation by 2050

MSC Cruises has pledged to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its cruise marine operation by 2050. This target – which will cover both MSC Cruises and Explora Journeys –will reduce emissions from shipping by 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008.

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Royal Caribbean Group Releases 2020 “Seastainability” Report

Royal Caribbean Group published its 13th annual sustainability report, providing a comprehensive update on the company’s sustainability efforts. In particular, the 2020 report documents that the company has met or exceeded nearly all of its 2020 sustainability targets.

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Carnival Corp. sustainability report introduces 2030 goals including climate action

Carnival Corporation’s 11th sustainability report updates 2021 actions, sets 2030 goals and 2050 aspirations, and reviews its nine brands’ COVID-19 response. Achieving net carbon neutrality is among six focus area aspirations for 2050 that align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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New Ponant ship ‘first to take on LNG in France’

Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot has become the first cruise ship to be refuelled with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in France. Le Commandant Charcot has been designed to employ the latest green technologies, starting with LNG, claimed to be the cleanest maritime fuel available. The French line took six years to design and build this prototype of a ship.

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Shorepower is Coming to PortMiami

Miami-Dade County signed a joint statement with six cruise companies – Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, and Virgin Voyages – and Florida Power and Light to bring shorepower to PortMiami.

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