How CLIA members handle waste
Many operational wastes may be hazardous or may otherwise require special handling. CLIA Members have agreed to ensure that all waste of this nature is appropriately categorized and landed in accordance with the local requirements and only where an acceptable handling/disposal practice is in place.
CLIA Members have agreed on the need to identify and segregate hazardous wastes aboard cruise vessels for individual handling and management, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. CLIA Members have further agreed that hazardous wastes are not to be commingled or mixed with other waste streams. The following specific measures have been identified as best industry practices.
Exceeding environmental standards
Alaska has some of the most stringent environmental standards in the world. In addition, cruise lines have voluntarily adopted higher standards than those required by state and federal law, and have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on environmental upgrades in recent years. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) member lines have worked closely with federal and state regulators, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies to ensure Alaska’s waters and air stay safe and clean.
Most recently, the cruise industry has invested more than half-a-billion dollars in the development of new exhaust gas-cleaning technology to exceed federal air emissions regulations imposed on ships operating within 200 miles of the North American coastline.
Incidents down, capacity up
A comprehensive study of cruise ship emergencies has found that the number of major incidents such as fires, engine failures and other serious safely problems, has trended downward over the past five years, even as cruise ship capacity has sharply increased. Click here for a fact sheet.
Click here for an infographic that explores cruise ship environmental stewardship.