Congratulations, Royal Caribbean, on your well-deserved recognition.
Every year, the French Riviera Cruise Club awards their “Green Award,” based on the environmental impact of ships calling in five French Riviera ports. The 2012 winner, announced this past week at Cruise Shipping Miami, was Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean commented on their environmental work: “Royal Caribbean International operates some of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships in the world. Because we understand our responsibility to protect the oceans we sail, we abide by strict “Above and Beyond Compliance” environmental policies.
We demonstrate environmental stewardship and sustainability by using management systems that meet voluntary international standards, including ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 quality and environmental standards. In fact, Royal Caribbean was the first cruise line to use an environmental management system certified to the ISO 14001 standard.
In addition, each of our ships has an environmental officer responsible for:
Oversight of the company’s onboard environmental program Environmental training for every crew member Liquid and solid hazardous- and non-hazardous waste management Chemical management and workplace safety
Royal Caribbean’s environmental policies guide both shipboard and shore side employees in safe environmental practices day-to-day. From our Board of Directors, to our newest employee, from the captain to each crewmember, we are responsible stewards of the marine environment and the ports we visit.”