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Malaga, January 13, 2024.- The online travel agency ibacruceros.com, a cruise specialist, highlights the commitment of cruise companies to environmental sustainability. The industry seeks the goal of net zero emissions by 2050 and reduce them by 40% by 2030.
That cruise companies are working to mitigate their environmental impact is great news for everyone, given that the number of cruise passengers in Spain has increased by almost 50% in 2023 compared to data from the previous year. Spain reached 11.26 million passengers with more than 4,000 ships in Spanish ports this year.
Some of the sustainable practices that are being implemented are:
Cleaner technologies. Next-generation ships are incorporating cleaner technologies, such as hybrid propulsion systems and energy-saving systems.
Waste reduction. Responsible waste management on board includes efficient recycling and practices to minimize waste. There are already several shipping companies that have completely eliminated the use of disposable plastics on their ships.
Energy efficiency. There are several companies that have made improvements in the design of the hulls of their ships to improve energy efficiency; Thanks to these improvements, its ships consume less fuel. It is also worth mentioning the commitment to LED lighting systems, which also represents great energy savings.
Innovation in fuels. Some cruise ships are exploring cleaner alternatives, such as using liquefied natural gas or fuel cells. In fact, there are already many ships that are powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas), and more will continue to be added. Among the new ships that shipping companies are incorporating into their fleets, several of them use LNG fuel: Disney Treasure, Sun Princess, Utopia of the Seas, Silver Ray and Mein Schiff 7, among others.
Engine shutdown during stopovers. The first pilot test of a cruise ship connected to land, in a Mediterranean port, to obtain power so that it does not have to keep its engines running throughout its stopover, has taken place successfully in Valletta (Malta), and has been carried out by the ship MSC World Europa. This initiative to use energy on land hopes to be carried out in other ports, Barcelona and Palma, among others.
Collaboration with environmental organizations. There are several shipping companies that collaborate with environmental associations in order to strengthen sustainable practices and contribute to marine conservation.
Traveling by cruise is becoming a more sustainable vacation option, which increases its popularity and benefits everyone.
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