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New data shows UK cruise industry innovating, diversifying, and attracting new holidaymakers

More people open to trying a cruise than ever before Source: CLIA Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has revealed that holidaymakers from the UK and Ireland took around 1.7 million cruise holidays last year, nearing demand levels last seen in 2019. In data published on April, 2023), CLIA revealed that: Growing awareness of sustainability The cruise industry is pursuing net zero carbon cruising by 2050 and driving efforts to become one of the most sustainable forms of tourism. CLIA data shows the British travelling public is becoming more aware of sustainable tourism: 76% of British cruise passengers who sailed in the past 12 months said they were ‘much more’ or ‘more’ aware of environmental and sustainable tourism. Ben Bouldin, Chair, CLIA UK & Ireland, said: “Cruise lines are always challenging themselves to innovate and diversify, and constantly reinventing the cruise experience. This forward-looking approach is at the heart of the cruise industry’s success and is also why we are committed to sustainability. This is a flagship industry for the UK, and these latest figures show that we will continue to contribute to the economy and jobs.” Andy Harmer, Managing Director, CLIA UK & Ireland, said: “Cruise holidays have once again

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Call for Expression of Interest to Develop Low or Zero-Carbon Power Generation and Bunkering Solutions

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Singapore’s National Hydrogen Strategy was launched at the Singapore International Energy Week 2022. A key thrust of the strategy is for Singapore to experiment with the use of advanced hydrogen technologies that are on the cusp of commercial readiness. To this end, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) are inviting interested parties to submit proposals under an Expression of Interest (EOI) to build, own and operate low or zero-carbon power generation and bunkering solutions in Jurong Island, Singapore.  Low or zero-carbon hydrogen has the potential to support Singapore’s decarbonisation efforts and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The EOI will enable us to explore the use of low or zero-carbon fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia for power generation, alongside other low-carbon alternatives such as electricity imports and domestic renewable energy sources. Low or zero-carbon ammonia may also have multiple end-use pathways for power generation and bunkering. Beyond the power and maritime sectors, low or zero-carbon hydrogen and ammonia are also promising decarbonisation pathways for our energy, chemicals and aviation sectors.   Due to its low energy density, hydrogen gas needs to be liquefied, compressed or

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Working towards Malaysia’s low carbon future from ships

Source: IMO Proposals for potential low/zero carbon pilot projects were presented at the 2nd National Stakeholders Roundtable, in Penang, Malaysia (23 November) as part of IMO’s GreenVoyage2050 Accelerator. Thirty five representatives from national maritime groups, including ship owners/operators, port authorities, academia and technology providers, attended the event which was jointly organized by IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050, Ministry of Transport Malaysia and the Marine Department Malaysia. Harnessing renewable energy for ports, electrification of port equipment, greening of harbour craft, and advanced fuel monitoring systems were among the range of projects pitched by participants. In collaboration with the IMO-PEMSEA Project ‘Blue Solutions’, the shortlisting of several projects to take forward to the next step will now take place.

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Singapore, Long Beach, L.A. Ports to estavlish green, digital shipping corridor

The Port of Long Beach in August 2022 welcomed Pasha Hawaii’s MV George III, the first container ship powered by liquefied natural gas to refuel on the West Coast. Source: Port Of Long Beach The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, and C40 Cities have begun discussions to establish a green and digital shipping corridor between Singapore and the San Pedro Bay port complex. The corridor will focus on low- and zero-carbon ship fuels, as well as digital tools to support deployment of low- and zero-carbon ships. This collaborative effort supports the Green Shipping Challenge launched during the World Leaders’ Summit at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, this week. Convened by the United States and Norway, the Green Shipping Challenge encourages governments, ports, maritime carriers, cargo owners and others in the shipping value chain to commit to concrete steps at COP27 to galvanize global action to decarbonize the shipping industry.  “Decarbonizing the supply chain is the future of our industry, and partnerships like this on the world’s most important trade route are important for fulfilling that ultimate goal,” said Port of Long Beach Executive

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Cruise Industry demonstrates commitment to pursuing net-zero carbon cruising globally by 2050

Despite advancements, report highlights need for development and deployment of sustainable marine fuels Source: CLIA Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the leading voice of the global cruise industry, today released the results of its 2022 Global Cruise Industry Environmental Technologies and Practices Report, showing progress towards achieving the industry’s vision of net-zero carbon cruising globally by 2050. The 2022 report reinforces the cruise industry’s credentials as an innovator and early adopter of environmental technologies. Examples cited include the increasing number of vessels launching over the new few years that will be able to incorporate zero-emissions propulsion when available as well as the growing investment to equip ships to plug in to shoreside electricity where available. In fact, more than 15% of the vessels to be launched in the next five years will be equipped to incorporate fuel cells or batteries, and 85% of CLIA-member ships coming online between now and 2028 will be able to plug in to shoreside electricity, allowing engines to switch off at berth for significant emissions reduction. President, and CEO, CLIA, Kelly Craighead said: “Innovation and engineering are at the heart of the industry’s vision for net zero carbon cruising. The cruise industry continues to lead

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