Carnival Receives Support From EPA, U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada to Implement Breakthrough Technology to Reduce Air Emissions
As part of today's announcement, Carnival has committed over
"This is a significant accomplishment as well as an important milestone for our company," said
Carnival has been a partner in the development of this technology and will take the lead in further refining both design and installation aspects on ships with a variety of engine configurations between now and mid-2016.
This new generation of so-called "scrubber technology" combines the removal of sulfur with the substantial reduction of particulate matter and black carbon. Once the exhaust gas cleaning technology is installed and fully operational on the various Carnival subsidiary ships, they will exceed ECA standards.
Carnival's design combines two established technologies, which have been successfully used in power plants, factories and vehicles to clean – or scrub – the exhaust from high-sulfur fuel. For the first time this combination is being developed to accommodate restricted spaces on existing ships.
In addition to exceeding stricter air emission standards – a significant public health advancement – Carnival's technology will help the company mitigate escalating fuel costs. The agreement in principle from the
The implementation also produces an immediate significant public health benefit, as all of the ships that will have the scrubber technology installed will use either low-sulfur marine gas oil or shore power when in ports in
As a next step, Carnival will be requesting permits from flag states to allow for the trial of the exhaust gas cleaning technology to proceed.
Looking ahead, Carnival plans to explore the possibility of expanding the installation of its scrubber technology beyond the initial 32 ships.
Together, these brands operate 102 ships totaling 209,000 lower berths with seven new ships scheduled to be delivered between
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