Dear Madam, Sir,
CLIA Europe welcomes the opportunity to share the views and concerns of the cruise industry in response to the publication of this “Roadmap”.
CLIA Europe represents the cruise lines operating in Europe and is the European section of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world's largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA Europe and its members stand for quality shipping, upholding high environmental and safety standards for the benefit of our passengers, coastal areas, the sea and society at large.
Currently, some local and regional implementation of the Environmental Quality Standards Directive 2008/105/EC conflicts with internationally agreed legislation and guidelines. This has resulted in the very undesirable situation that the operation of onboard equipment actually allowed and supported by international laws and guidelines and approved and adopted by European Member States, is not allowed in some European waters of those same Member States.
Early movers willing to invest and develop new technologies reducing the impact on the environment while outperforming regulatory standards should be supported by the regulatory framework and receive regulatory certainty. Therefore, the international legislative framework and guidelines should be included in the public consultation to be launched first semester 2018 especially:
• IMO MARPOL Annex 6
• IMO 2015 Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (Resolution MEPC.259(68)
Moreover, CLIA Europe is in the process of developing with other industry partners knowledge providing additional assurances on emissions from cruise ships to the water to authorities and other stakeholders.
CLIA Europe is looking forward to further engage and provide its expertise during the public consultation to be launched first semester 2018.
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