Cruise Industry Honored With Maritime Award of the Americas for Its Environmental Innovation

Feb 04, 2016

The Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) announced Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) as the winner of the 2015 Maritime Award of the Americas, in the Environmental Waste Management in Cruise Lines category. The award process was highly competitive and the winning practices “showed measurable outcome and significant sustained impact.” The award will be presented to CLIA during the OAS Hemispheric Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility and Gender Equality in the Port Sector, on April 29th, 2016, in Panama City, Panama.

"We congratulate CLIA Members on their dedicated efforts in the area of environmental protection, and we are proud of their leadership in environmental waste management," said Bud Darr, CLIA’s Senior Vice President for Technical and Regulatory Affairs. "In many areas, CLIA Members employ practices and procedures that are substantially more protective of the environment than regulations require. The cruise industry has a great responsibility as environmental stewards, and we thank the Organization of American States for publicly recognizing the cruise industry’s collective excellence, innovation and leadership."

For years, CLIA and its Member line ships have had policies and procedures in place to reduce the industry's environmental footprint. For example, cruise lines pioneered advanced wastewater treatment systems that produce cleaner water than most wastewater treatment facilities in U.S. coastal cities.

Some CLIA Member cruise lines’ ships are already repurposing 100% of the waste generated on board by reducing, reusing, donating, recycling, and converting waste into energy. Careful waste management and recycling practices ensure that unrecyclable waste on cruise ships can be as little as 1.5 pounds per person a day compared to the average of 4–5 pounds per person on land in the U.S. In an average year, the cruise industry recycles 80,000 tons of paper, plastic, glass and aluminum cans. 

OAS, a regional organization comprised of 35 independent states of the Americas, promotes social and economic development in the Western hemisphere through cooperation and constitutes the main political, juridical and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere. The Organization carries out several mandates designed to strengthen environmental law, manage water resources, raise awareness on climate change, and promote sustainability. 

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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