Maritime classification society Lloyd’s Register has bestowed the ECO Notation designation on the new Carnival Vista, making it the first Carnival Cruise Line ship to achieve the distinction. The notation recognizes that the cruise line designed, built, and operates Carnival Vista in a manner that exceeds current maritime statutory environmental regulations.
Lloyd’s Register (LR) set standards of their own that exceed the International Maritime Organization’s, which vessels seeking the ECO Notation must meet. Criteria include ship design and continuous audits during construction and while the ship is in service.
Carnival Vista has done several things to help it meet the standards: it has an optimized diesel engine to conserve fuel and reduce emissions; the first Intelligent Power Management System of any Carnival ship; and a steam-turbine generator that recovers excess steam produced by the gas boilers.
Other shipboard systems that contributed to Carnival Vista’s award include an advanced wastewater treatment system and the use of energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the vessel. Carnival Vista is also ahead of regulatory requirements that are part of the Hong Kong Convention for Safe Recycling of Ships, which will make it safer and cleaner to recycle the vessel when it reaches the end of its service.
Lloyd’s Register will periodically run surveys and audits of Carnival Vista’s operations to ensure the ship continues to comply with its ECO rules and maintains its environmental notation.