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Carnival Corp. wins Greenest Shipowner of the Year Neptune Award

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Carnival Corp. & plc has announced that it has been honoured by maritime industry peers with the Greenest Shipowner of the Year Neptune Award, which recognises a company that has shown excellence in reducing environmental impact in the operation of its fleet in the past year.

The award was presented at the GreenTech in Shipping Global Forum in Hamburg, Germany, this past February. Winners were chosen by executives from shipowners, ports and marine technology companies who had gathered to share best practices and cutting-edge technologies to enable continued reductions in the environmental impacts of shipping.

Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corp., said: “We are grateful and humbled to be recognised for our commitment to sustainability.

“From the very beginning, we have made the environment one of our most important priorities, as our very existence is tied to protecting the oceans, seas and communities in which we operate. With more than 120 000 employees, most of whom live and work at sea, our commitment to protecting and maintaining healthy oceans, seas and local communities is not just an operating necessity.

“We have been an early mover in the development and installation of advanced air quality systems, LNG and shore power operations, as well as other innovative advancements, and this award helps validate the success of our efforts.”

Last year, the company announced that it achieved its 25% carbon reduction goal three years ahead of schedule, and is on track with its nine other 2020 sustainability targets for reducing its environmental footprint, while enhancing the health, safety and security of its guests and crewmembers, and ensuring sustainable business practices among its nine brands, business partners and suppliers.

As part of its focus on sustainable operations, the company has installed advanced air quality systems on over 70 ships in its fleet, and expects 85% of its global fleet to be installed with the technology by 2020, enabling cleaner air emissions from ships that positively impact the environment. In addition to this, the company is also helping to lead the industry with the adoption of LNG, with a total of 11 next-generation ‘green’ cruise ships able to be powered by LNG in port and at sea, including the world's first ship of this kind: the AIDAnova, which was delivered in December last year.

In the statement, Carnival Corp. also claims that over 40% of its fleet has ‘cold ironing’ capabilities, allowing vessels to use shoreside electric power where available while in port. The company has also implemented broad initiatives to optimise on board energy usage and innovative hull designs and coatings to reduce fuel consumption by minimising frictional drag.

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