RINA to Develop Roadmap for Decarbonizing the Cruise Industry

Italian marine engineering consultancy RINA has been awarded a contract by CLIA to conduct a comprehensive Global Investment Plan Study for the cruise sector, focusing on sustainability. With 55 cruise ships on order, including LNG and methanol-powered vessels, the industry is moving towards greater environmental responsibility in alignment with IMO goals.
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Italian marine engineering consultancy RINA has been awarded a contract by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to conduct a Global Investment Plan Study aimed at guiding the cruise sector towards a sustainable future. The study will focus on real-time energy needs, infrastructure, and regulations in the cruise industry, with scenarios extending to 2050. The cruise sector is recognized for its efforts in driving the shipping industry towards greater sustainability, with 55 cruise ships on order representing a global investment of $37.1 billion for the next five years.

Of the new ships on order, 36 will be LNG powered and 7 will be methanol ready or capable. By 2028, over 70% of CLIA-member cruise line fleets will have shoreside power capability. The study, commissioned by CLIA, aligns with the IMO 2030 and 2050 environmental goals and demonstrates the industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices. The study will cover regions outside Europe and focus on fuel infrastructure, deployment, and operational impact over the next 5-10 years.

The study aims to provide clarity on the cruise industry’s infrastructure and regulatory needs globally, with an emphasis on the impact of itineraries and operations of cruise ships. It will consider various energy carriers both in navigation and at port, with the goal of shaping the industry’s approach to sustainability for years to come. RINA anticipates that the study’s outcomes will set a benchmark for environmental stewardship in the maritime sector, with a focus on long-term sustainability.

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