Sustainability On The High Seas

Carnival Corporation has been recognized with a Port of Seattle Green Gateway Partner Award for sustainability practices implemented on the company's cruise ships.

Carnival Corporation & plc recently was recognized for its sustainability actions at the seventh annual Port of Seattle Green Gateway Awards ceremony. All three Carnival Corporation brands that regularly visit the Port of Seattle in Washington state — Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises — received maritime awards for successful efforts in the area of environmental stewardship.

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The three Carnival Corporation brands were recognized with a Green Gateway Partner Award during the Port of Seattle’s Cruise Annual All Agency Pre-Season Reception, which took place in April 2017 at Seattle’s World Trade Center. The commendations highlighted environmental programs and initiatives from the brands including:

  • A fleetwide recycling program
  • Coastal Cleanup Day
  • World Oceans Day
  • Shore power utilization to reduce carbon emissions while in port
  • The use of biodegradable cleaners
  • Installation of LED lighting systems to save energy
  • Implementation of new ways to significantly reduce wasteCreating electronic log books for environmental data, improving data quality, analysis and efficiency.
  • Creating electronic log books for environmental data, improving data quality, analysis, and efficiency

In addition to receiving a Green Gateway Partner Award, Carnival Cruise Line also won the Program Innovator Award for the second consecutive year. The brand earned this distinction for holding its first ever shoreside Environmental/Sustainability Fair, a demonstration of commitment to environmental education and outreach to the staff and visitors of the Port of Seattle. Overall, Carnival Corporation’s brands have been honored in each of the seven years of the award’s existence.

Stephanie Jones Stebbins, director of maritime environment and sustainability at the Port of Seattle, praised the Carnival Corporation brands for looking for new and innovative ways to effectively protect the environment and save natural resources.

Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation, said, “As the world’s leading cruise company, our number one goal is to provide great vacations for our guests — and one of the top priorities in achieving that goal is our firm commitment to designing and implementing innovative sustainability efforts to protect and maintain the oceans, seas and ports in which we operate. It is not just an operating necessity — one that involves oversight from our Board of Directors — but it is also the right thing to do.”

These initiatives are among a series of ongoing programs underscoring the company’s commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility, as outlined in the Carnival Corporation 2020 Sustainability Goals.

For example, Carnival Corporation has invested more than $400 million to install Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems on 60 of its ships in the past four years, significantly improving air emissions. The company leads the industry with the adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG), with a total of seven new LNG-powered ships set to enter the fleet. The company and its brands also have partnerships with organizations involved in sustainability initiatives around the world — some of which include The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM), The Nature Conservancy, Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) and the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance.

The annual Green Gateway Awards ceremony honors industry leaders as judged by independent analysts from EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc., and is part of the Port of Seattle’s commitment to promoting sustainable practices in regional cruising.