Carnival and Royal Caribbean – Major Perpetrators of Water Pollution

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  • The Environmental-advocacy group Friends of the Earth says Carnival Corp and Royal Caribbean Cruises do a poor job of limiting the pollution from their ships. 
  • The group graded 16 cruise lines based on sewage treatment, rules to control air pollution and water pollution, and information on their environmental practices. 
  • Disney Cruise Line was the only business to earn a grade higher than a C-. 
  • None of the Carnival or Royal Caribbean examined by Friends of the Earth earned a grade higher than a D+.

Carnival Corp and Royal Caribbean Cruises are the world’s biggest cruise companies, but they’re also among the worst at limiting the pollution from their ships, says an article published in Business Insider. 

Grading of Cruise lines by Friends of Earth

The group graded 16 cruise lines based on their:

  • Sewage treatment, 
  • Steps to control air pollution at ports, 
  • Rules to control water pollution in Alaska, and
  • Quality of information provided about their environmental practices to Friends of the Earth.

Grading results of the Cruise lines 

Disney Cruise Line was the only business which earned a C- grade.

No cruise line owned by Carnival or Royal Caribbean earned a grade higher than D+. 

Friends of Earth gave an F to all the vessels owned by Royal Caribbean for violating probation from a 2017 conviction for improper waste disposal. 

Insignificant annual profits

Marcie Keever, oceans and vessels program director at Friends of the Earth, commented that the industry has not improved in a way to make significant annual profits. 

Advanced Air Quality Systems in Carnival

A Carnival representative called the report inaccurate and misleading. He claimed that their fleet includes Advanced Air Quality Systems on more than 70 ships. 

He added that they have shore power capability on just under 50% of the fleet. 

He claimed their company to be the first to install LNG to power ships, which have advanced treatment plans on board.

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Source: Business Insider

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