The world-famous cruise line Carnival Corporation, together with recycling specialists Sea2Cradle and environmental non-profit Bellona Foundation, has agreed to dismantle two cruise ships ready for removal. These ships are to be removed due to the company’s strategy to restart cruise holidays with specific brands and vessels. Environmental organizations helped identify certified marine vessel retirement solutions for the best reuse, reclaim and recycle techniques.
Carnival Corporation, in accordance with sustainable ship recycling parameters, chose Ege Celik and Simsekler recycling companies from Turkey as their main dismantling units. Both of them are certified by Hong Kong Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships and abide by European Union (EU), International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Basel Convention, and International Labour Organization (ILO) environmental and safety standards.
The Chief maritime officer of Carnival Corporation, Bill Burke, highlighted the sheer importance of following a sound environmental approach: “Our highest responsibility and top priorities are compliance, environmental protection, and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, the communities we visit and our crew. This commitment extends to our cruise ships, starting from the moment a ship becomes part of our fleet and continuing all the way through to its retirement. In addition to limiting our vessels’ impact on the environment throughout their service time in our fleet, recycling our retired ships following the European Ship Recycling Regulation ensures we are applying the highest global standards and contributing to a sustainable cruise industry.”