Costa Cruises is taking part in the REPCET (Real
Time Plotting of Cetaceans) project to help conserve the marine
environment and demonstrate its devotion to sustainable tourism.
Last month, Costa Pacifica became one of the
first cruise ships in the world to take part in the REPCET
project, a reporting system promoted by WWF Italy that aims to
reduce collisions between ship and whales while tracking their
movements. By collaborating with JRC (Joint Research Centre of the
European Commission), Costa Pacifica will be the location of a new
series of important atmospheric measurements for monitoring
climate change in the Mediterranean.
While operating in accordance
with the prevailing laws, Costa Cruises also seeks to preempt new
legislation in various terms, including management of shipboard
waste, water discharge, energy and fuel consumption.
Shipboard Waste Management
Shipboard waste management is one
of Costa Cruises’ top environmental priorities. Sorting for recycling is applied to 100%
of solid waste on board Costa Cruises ships, and a ban is in place
to control overboard discharge of any solid waste except food
waste. When it comes to daily amenities prepared for onboard
guests, a number of practices have been deployed such as using
plates and cups made of biodegradable material.
In terms of waste water, Costa’s policy is
considerably more restrictive than the relevant legislative
regulations in force. For instance, Costa Cruises does not permit
disposal of untreated sewage at sea and only allows treated sewage
to be discharged at a distance greater than 12 miles from the
nearest land whilst international maritime legislation requires
only three miles from the nearest land for the discharge of
Energy and Fuel Consumption
Costa Cruises achieved a 5% reduction in fuel consumption per mile
traveled; a 5% reduction in consumption of potable water per
person; 30% of special waste recycled, and an 8.5% reduction in
the quantity of garbage.
Costa Deliziosa is equipped
for “cold ironing”, namely a system whereby the ship is plugged
into shoreside electrical power, enabling generators to be shut
down during stopovers in port. This is a way of further reducing
the environmental impact of liners when they call at ports.
Joining Costa Deliziosa in the “cold ironing” green attempts are
Costa Luminosa and the brand new Costa Favolosa scheduled for
launch in July 2011.
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