Cruise lines recognized for environmental protection efforts
In 2010, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded its prestigious Gold William M. Benkert Marine Environmental Protection Award to Holland America Line and Norwegian Cruise Line. This biennial award was created to recognize outstanding achievements in marine environmental protection that go beyond mere compliance with industrial and regulatory standards. This is the first time major cruise lines have been awarded the Gold Benkert award.
Exceeding environmental standards
Alaska has some of the most stringent environmental standards in the world. In addition, cruise lines have voluntarily adopted higher standards than those required by state and federal law, and have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on environmental upgrades in recent years. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and ACA member lines have worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies to ensure Alaska’s waters and air stay safe and clean.
From aggressive onboard recycling programs to utilizing the latest waste water purification technologies, Alaska cruise companies are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Smokeless gas-turbine engines, state-of-the-art wastewater management systems and other new developments are helping to eliminate waste and air emissions.
The cruise industry relies on marketing a pure, unblemished Alaska to its customers, so it has a vested interest in keeping Alaska’s environment as clean and pristine as possible. Cruise ships now have dedicated environmental officers who are responsible for ensuring their vessels continue to uphold the highest air and water quality standards possible. ACA member lines are committed to keeping Alaska as clean and pure as we found it.