QUEBEC CITY ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST CRUISE MONTH
Québec City has announced its first ever Cruise Month, which will kick off September 16, 2017 and run through October 16. Québec’s Cruise Month will celebrate a booming cruise industry in the region, according to a statement.
The Port of Québec is poised to have a record-breaking year with a substantial increase in passengers, boosting numbers to new highs. The Port forecasts a nearly 30 percent increase over the 2016 season, an upsurge that could bring the Port to an all-time high of 200,000 visitors.
Cruise Month is the collaboration of the city government, tourism and port officials. A variety of events and activities are planned to showcase local businesses, arts, and culture of the historic, yet vibrant and dynamic, city of Québec. During this time, five ships will be making maiden calls to Québec including Ponant Soleil on September 20, Viking Sky on September 22, Silver Muse on September 29, Viking Sea on September 20, and Norwegian Jade on October 11. From cruiseindustrynews.com, August 8, 2017
NEW IN QUEBEC THIS SUMMER
Cruise ship passengers stopping in at Québec this summer will be particularly pleased to learn of the inauguration of a portside park known as Place des Canotiers. This new green space located adjacent to Québec’s Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal offers magnificent vistas of the city and environs. Cruise ship passengers are especially well poised to take advantage of this public space open to visitors and locals alike.
From cruisesaintlawrence.com, July 24, 2017
MONTREAL PORT OPENS SHORE POWER FACILITY AT NEW CRUISE TERMINAL
The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has opened a new shore power facility at its new cruise terminal, allowing visiting ships to turn off their engines and connect to an electrical power grid while they are docked in port. The first green initiative of its kind in Quebec, the shore power project was rolled out in two phases leading to Holland America Line’s Veendam making the first connection in 29 July 2017.
Shore power is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2,800 tonnes per year. From cruiseandferry.net, August 14, 2017.
SAGUENAY: ‘REALLY GOOD NEWS’
A 57-call 2017 cruise season for the port of Saguenay will repeat itself in 2018, with the additions of Disney Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises.
“Disney is a really important mark for us,” said Priscilla Nemey, executive vice president of Promotion Saguenay. “We believe in the summer season for Canada/New England … it’s really good news for the region.”
A number of new shore excursions have been added for the 2017 cruise season, highlighted by a visit to a local microbrewery. Among other news, the iconic Saguenay fjord is now a candidate for UNESCO status. From cruiseindustrynews.com, July 27, 2017
PONANT ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2019 ARCTIC SAILINGS
Ponant has announced 21 departures to the Arctic in summer 2019. New itineraries include, “Magnificent Volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands,” taking guests along the Pacific Ring of Fire, and “Greenland of Great Explorers,” to follow in the footsteps of French Explorers who pushed the boundaries of polar navigation in the 19th century.
Iceland itineraries will also be offered aboard Le Champlain, one of the new ships in the Ponant Explorer series, offering landscapes and wildlife. Ports of call will include Reykjavik, featuring the largest visual art institution in Iceland; Grimsey, the nation’s northernmost territory to experience the midnight sun; and Heimaey, encased in a fortress of lava and home to 8,000 puffins. Additional expeditions will take guests to Spitsbergen (Svalbard), located 800 miles from the North Pole; Baffin Bay, accessible only briefly during the summer when the sea ice becomes fragmented; and Alaska. From cruiseindustrynews.com, July 31, 2017
CRUISE SHIP INDUSTRY WARNS VANCOUVER CAN’T KEEP PACE WITH DEMAND
Greg Wirtz, president of Cruise Lines International Association – North West and Canada, warns Vancouver may soon be unable to accommodate the growing tourism demand without investing in its facilities. He says Vancouver is lagging behind other cities, such as Seattle, that are investing heavily in their port infrastructure.
“We’ve kind of done the opposite in Vancouver. We’ve disinvested in facilities,” Wirtz said. The Port of Vancouver shut down the Ballantyne Pier to cruise ships in 2014, leaving Canada Place as the city’s only remaining cruise terminal. The closure has since exacerbated the congestion at Canada Place, Wirtz said. “Canada Place was built for ships of a generation ago,” Wirtz said.
In May, port officials in Seattle unveiled a $30 million renovation at the Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66. The expansion tripled the terminal’s square footage and was custom designed for the Norwegian Bliss, set to become the largest cruise ship on the West Coast in 2018. The Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line each shelled out $15 million for the renovation. Wirtz acknowledged the high cost of building a new facility but said tourism pours money back into Vancouver’s economy. Each cruise ship stimulates more than $2 million in economic activity, according to the Port of Vancouver. From cbc.ca, August 12, 2017
CARNIVAL CORPORATION RELEASES 2016 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT
Carnival Corporation has released its 2016 sustainability report as part of the launch of its new dedicated sustainability website.
The report and complementary site detail the company’s sustainability efforts and the progress made in 2016 toward its 2020 sustainability performance goals. The report was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 “core” level, and a full copy can be downloaded here.
PASSENGER SHIP SUSTAINABILITY 2017 CONFERENCE
The passenger shipping sector is striving to reduce and manage its environmental impact with both regulatory changes and cost-efficiency driving change. Passenger Ship Sustainability 2017 will provide a forum for the passenger ship sector to come together and discuss major hurdles and recent case studies for mitigating the environmental impact of the industry.
Key topics to be discussed include: The impact of current and future legislation; ship design; Sulphur emissions; considerations for expedition cruising; alternative fuels and propulsion; sewage and waste management; future innovations for greater efficiency. The event is scheduled to take place Nov. 14-15, 2017 in Southampton, UK. Visit passengershipsustainability.com for more information.
CLIA MEMBERS INVEST US$1 BILLION IN ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY
Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) Cruise Line Members are investing US$1 billion in environmental technology to reduce the impact of their ships on the environment. Many cruise lines are implementing exhaust gas cleaning systems (known as scrubbers) to reduce the level of sulphur oxides in a ship’s exhaust gas by up to 98%, as well as advanced wastewater treatment systems to treat wastewater beyond the requirements of most waste treatment facilities of coastal cities.
To improve fuel efficiency, some operators are installing solar panels so they can use the energy to power certain onboard equipment, rather than depending on fuel-generated electricity. Other CLIA Cruise Line Members are equipping their ships with new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, which are designed to pump only the amount of chilled water required for the cooling demand to save energy.
Seven lines have also revealed plans to build up to 16 LNG-propelled cruise ships, with the first one expected in service in 2019. Using LNG fuel eliminates soot particles and sulphur oxides to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Other newly launched vessels have dual-fuel engines, which allow for the efficient and effective use of multiple fuels, such as LNG and traditional fuel oils.
“The cruise industry recognises the importance of investing in innovative ship technology to preserve our environment and provide an eco-friendly travel experience,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO of CLIA. “And, with each newbuild, CLIA Cruise Line Members raise the bar for developing environmentally friendly ships.” From cruiseandferry.net, August 24, 2017
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