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Borg pushes cold-ironing for cruise ships

May 20, 2009

European Commissioner Joe Borg told the European Cruise Council 2009 Industry Conference, in Rome this week, that cold ironing was among policies being pushed by the EU that affect the cruise industry.

MR Borg said: “I am pleased to be addressing your annual conference during European Maritime Day 2009. This is, of course, more than a happy coincidence. It proves that the cruise industry has embraced the guiding principles of the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy, devised in response to the needs of maritime stakeholders such as you. The Integrated Maritime Policy and the cruise industry alike can only succeed if they tackle opportunities and challenges in an integrated, cross-sectoral way.”

According to Mr Borg the Integrated Maritime Policy contains a number of “tools” and he mentioned three in particular:

- Firstly, the promotion of shore-side electricity is an effective way to tackle local pollution concerns. I am optimistic that we will soon get the required impetus for investments to make shore-side electricity a reality in many ports, including in neighbouring countries in the southern Mediterranean. The Commission will address the issue of taxation, and the relevant standardisation bodies are close to an agreed standard for the ship-to-shore connections. This is not about imposing a technological option, but rather about moving forward on a very particular problem facing the cruise industry.

- Secondly, maritime spatial planning helps public authorities and stakeholders coordinate their actions and thus optimises the use of marine spaces to benefit both economic development and the environment. Cruising needs state-of-the-art port facilities and it derives a huge profit from unspoilt natural sites. Maritime spatial planning is, therefore, of great importance to the cruise industry.

- Thirdly, the current economic crisis also provides an opportunity for Europe to deploy its world-leading innovative capabilities to emerge after the downturn with new class of environmentally friendly ships. The Commission is therefore exploring the possibility of launching a "Clean ship" initiative. I would like to invite all of you to consider your possible involvement in such an initiative which aims at implementing new technologies to dramatically increase the environmental performance of all shipping activities, including of course also cruising.

He concluded by expressing his gratitude to the cruise industry for having “worked with the Commission so productively in developing the European Integrated Maritime Policy”.

Borg pushes cold-ironing for cruise ships
European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Joe Borg / Image via


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