The cruise industry is spearheading when it comes to sustainability and environment. For a long time the indstry has kept developing and will do so to reach her sustainability goals.
Since 2015 it is mandatory by law on the North Seas and Baltic Sea to use low-sulfer diesel (0,1% emission). In case vessels to not follow this law huge fines will be given and will not be allowed to enter ports (including Rotterdam). In addition cruise vessels have for example LED lighting (85% reduction of energy usage), battery technology, availability of a shore power connection onboard, use of Liquified Natural Gas (CO2 reduction of 20%), purification systems to filter grey-water (sink and shower) to be used to clean decks.
Jet streams, microscopic bubbles a vessel sails on, causes less friction and therefore less energy/fuel usage. Through continues developments and implementation of new technologies, every new cruise vessel class is 20% more efficient. In addition the industry is working hard on the implementation of increasingly cleaner fuels.
Port of Rotterdam, City of Rotterdam and Cruise Port Rotterdam and working hard on the development of a shore power connection at the Holland America Quay.
Read more about shore power here.