The biggest cruise company in the world, Carnival Corporation, has been given approval by both the US and Canadian authorities to trial its new exhaust gas cleaning technology.
The firm, which owns the likes of Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America and Princess Cruises, was given approval to trial the technology on at least 32 ships.
If the trial is successful it could mean a far cheaper alternative to the current environmental initiatives being used.
“This is a significant accomplishment as well as an important milestone for our company,” Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald told Seatrade. “Working together with the EPA, US Coast Guard and Transport Canada, we have developed a breakthrough solution for cleaner air that will set a new course in environmental protection for years to come.”
Carnival Copration has invested US$180 million in the research, development and installation of the technology, which scrubs sulphur oxide from emission exhausts and also reduces “particulate matter and black carbon”.
The process uses two stage diesel particulate filter is innovatively designed, producing washwater pure enough to meet international standards that the industry has until now struggled to meet.
The first ships to trial the technology will be Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Cunard and Princess – because of their North American itineraries.