Eco-Friendly Cruising

Blue Seas Policy (Star Clipper Holidays Sustainability Policy)

4mats-SC-043The effect of this change is that the oceans are becoming more acidic and at a faster rate than lifeforms inside may be able to cope with [EPOCA 2009]. The problem arises because many lifeforms in the ocean rely on Calcium Carbonate skeletons and shells. They build these up by taking in the compound from the surrounding waters but as the pH drops Calcium Carbonate begins to break down and these creatures are left weak or entirely defenseless.

Here at Star Clipper Holidays we love our Oceans and are determined not to see them irrevocably damaged by human action. That’s why we’ve set out our Blue Seas Policy. It’s a commitment from us to our customers and to the planet that we will strive to provide the most sustainable, Carbon-Neutral and pollutant free experience possible. We want to show everyone the wonders of the worlds seas and to preserve those wonders for generations to come.

Laid out below are our commitments to sustainability that form the backbone of the Blue Seas Policy.

  • We strive to use primarily wind power on all our voyages and commit to at least 70% wind propulsion on every trip (weather permitting).
  • Unlike other cruise lines that use cheap, high-polluting ‘Bunker Fuel’ [FOE 2010] we only use a cleaner burning, lower pollutant fuel that has earned us a International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate.
  • We never dump dirty or ‘grey’ water into the oceans. Thanks to our advance treatment systems the only water we release is thoroughly sanitised and non-polluting.
  • Wherever possible we strive to only use Bio-Degradable and Environmentally Friendly products aboard the ships and properly dispose of waste on land rather then out at sea.
  • We promise, wherever possible, to provide transport to embarkation that is low-emitting or, where flights are necessary, to offer our customers the chance to offset their emissions in a real, meaningful way.
  • We commit ourselves to working closely with local suppliers and governments to provide accommodation and experiences that fit most closely with the ideals of Sustainable Tourism laid out by the WTO [1993]

Should any customer feel we have failed to live up to these promises we further commit to fully investigating and resolving their complaint in a prompt and open manner.

  • Brewer, Peter G. & Barry, James;Rising Acidity in the Ocean: The other CO2 problem; Scientific American October 2008 Special Editions
  • European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA); Ocean Acidification: The Facts; 2009 Available from:http://www.epoca-project.eu/index.php/what-do-we-do/outreach/rug/oa-the-facts.html
  • Friends of the Earth; Ship Emissions; 2010; Available from: http://www.foe.org/air-and-water/ship-emissions
  • WTO 1993; … sustainable tourism, is one that meets the needs of present tourists and of today’s hosting destinations, but which also protects and improves the chances of future tourism … sustainable tourism cannot only work at the expense of public administration’s impositions; it is also necessary for the private tourism sector to take this notion and cooperate in its execution, and for local communities and tourists themselves to cooperate in the process
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