Costa Cruises Awarded The "2011 Green Cruise"
Costa Cruises, the largest Italian travel group and Europe's number one cruise company, has been awarded the "2011 Green Cruise" by RINA Group.
The ceremony took place in Monte Carlo, during the "RINA Green Night" event sponsored by the RINA Group, which annually awards the best projects for environmental sustainability.
For the first time, the event included a category dedicated to cruise ships, where Costa Cruises won. On 2 July 2011, in Trieste, on the occasion of her naming ceremony, Costa's new flagship Costa Favolosa, a ship cutting edge in terms of environmental protection, received the "Green Plus" notation.
The "Green Plus" is the highest notation assigned by RINA Group to ships that are environmentally compliant. It is a voluntary notation certifying compliance with environmental protection standards that are far stricter than the provisions of the international MARPOL Convention.
The "Green Plus" notation takes account of some 11 different pollution sources for vessels (including garbage, grey water, sewage, oily wastes from machinery spaces, CO2, ozone depleting substances, greenhouse gases, particulate matter, sulphur oxides, nitrogen and ballast water) and lays down specific restrictions for each one.