Cruise Project

While the cruise industry offers substantial economic and social benefits to their destinations, public focus has been led mainly on the environmental impact of the air and noise emissions at ports. Aside from adopting IMO Regulations and Guidelines to reduce air emissions, some authorities and cruise destinations are starting to take local actions in isolation with potentially undesirable consequences as we move to new levels of compliance. The cruise industry needs a coordinated, global approach from ports to comply with those global regulations. For this reason, the Environmental Committee jointly with the Cruise Committee of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) recognises the urgent need to improve transparency and clarity in the way cruise shipowners and operators provide ports with data on ship emissions.

Under the umbrella of the IAPH World Ports Sustainability Program, we have therefore embarked on a project with the following aims:

1. For IAPH port members to find common ground on cruise vessel emissions reporting

2. To harmonise data collection and calculation methods to report emissions data accurately, consistently and transparently to our stakeholders

3. to seek practical ways of stimulating cruise line owner-operators to reduce their emissions

On October 9th 2019 some thirty participants gathered for the kick-off meeting of the IAPH-WPSP Cruise Project in Hamburg. Participants representing port authorities, cruise terminals, cruise port associations and a classification society met to explore how a global, harmonised format for collecting data on emissions of cruise ships during port calls could be established. The group aims for a measuring process that minimises administrative burden, as well as promoting consistency and industry engagement. That engagement will include the involvement of cruise lines, who are being invited to join the group in an advisory capacity. Minutes of the meeting can be downloaded here.

To establish the remit and aims of this project, IAPH member ports have been invited to attend a second meeting which will be held at Doubletree by Hilton London Tower of London; 7 Pepys Steet, London EC3N 4AF between 4th and 5th March 2019. For any enquiries, you can contact : cruise@iaphworldports.org

Invitation to IAPH -WPSP Cruise Emissions workshop can be found here. The full agenda has also been announced and can also be found via this downloadable link. If you did not already confirm your attendance by email, and you are willing to participate in one of the groups, please fill in this online form and we will get back to you.