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New itineraries, LNG… Cruises forced to evolve to pollute less


DECRYPTION - Shipowners stake their reputation and their future on their ability to reduce their environmental footprint.

Fifteen years ago, you could sail in a week from Venice to Istanbul, with MSC Cruises.

For ecological reasons, this is no longer possible.

“It's too long a distance to cover in such a short time,

” explains Patrick Pourbaix, managing director of the shipowner in France.

Today, the routes are half as long.

Ships go slower and stop at night to reduce pollution at sea.”

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After years of racing for gigantism, the cruise industry is playing its reputation and its future in its ability to reduce its environmental footprint.

Under fire from critics, XXL liners pollute, both at quay and at sea. Vis-à-vis public opinion, the media, public authorities and their customers, shipowners must quickly find solutions and make it known.

Changing itineraries and increasing the duration of stops does not solve the problem, even if it goes in the right direction.

The subject is all the more sensitive as it involves heavy investments...

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Source: lefigaro

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