Marseille, France (PortSEurope) April 19, 2018 – Costa Cruises and the Grand Port of Marseilles (GPMM) have signed a partnership agreement to pursue joint efforts in the area of sustainable development. Initialed aboard the Costa Mediterranea moored in Marseille port by Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa group and Carnival Asia, and Christine Cabau-Woehrel, CEO of the Port, it focuses on three areas: the strengthening of control of emissions of gas, the creation of a warehouse dedicated to specific equipment and spare parts, and finally, the development of a training program.
Christine Cabau-Woehrel praised, ” a desire to consolidate a sustainable business model”. Echoing this, Michael Thamm emphasized the desire of the Costa group and Carnival Asia to “look far” in order to have cruise ships with a lifespan of three or even four decades.
On the side of the reduction of exhaust gases, the two partners will focus more than ever on deploying ships propelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), cleaner or equipped with scrubbers, smoke cleaning systems, but also better measure the effectiveness of these devices through more reliable indicators.
Efforts to reduce the energy consumption of cruise ships which, however, Michael Thamm noted, should not overshadow the fact that, “the energy consumption per day and per person of a boat is lower than if these people were at home.”
Costa Crociere S.p.A., operating as Costa Cruises, is an Italian cruise line, based in Genoa, Italy, owned by Carnival Corporation & plc.
Source: La Provence
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