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New Environmental Standards for Cruise Ships


New Environmental Standards for Cruise Ships

The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) announced today that its members have unanimously adopted mandatory environmental standards for all of their cruise ships. These standards are based on principles that include: designing and constructing cruise ships to be as environmentally friendly as possible, embracing new technology, complying fully with international and US environmental laws, minimising waste production, and maintaining cooperative relationships with the regulatory community.

These standards mark the first time an association of international passenger vessel operators has adopted mandatory waste management practices and procedures. All ICCL member cruise ship operators will implement the adopted standards, which include the following areas:

  • Graywater and Blackwater discharge.
  • Hazardous chemical waste such as photo processing fluid and
    dry-cleaning chemicals.
  • Unused and outdated pharmaceuticals.
  • Used batteries
  • Burned out fluorescent and mercury vapor lamps.
  • Each ICCL member line will integrate these industry standards into its internationally mandated Safety Management System (SMS), which ensures compliance through internal and third-party audits. Failure to comply with SMS procedures could prevent a ship from operating from US ports. Compliance with these standards is a condition of membership in the ICCL. The adoption of these environmental standards represents the continuation of a process that will ultimately address all of the maritime issues that were originally proposed in February 2001 by the ICCL Board of Directors. As new waste management and waste processing technologies are developed, they will be incorporated into the ICCL standard.


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