Holland America Line and Krystallon Win 2007 Seatrade Insider Environmental Initiative Award

Holland America Line, along with Krystallon, a subsidiary of BP, recently won the 2007 Seatrade Insider Environmental Initiative Award for their innovative emission reduction technology installed on the ms Zaandam.

The emission reduction technology on the ms Zaandam has been installed in cooperation with several United States and Canadian government and regulatory agencies. Holland America Line launched the technology demonstration project, to show the feasibility of using sea water to “scrub,” or reduce, engine emissions on oceangoing vessels. Following several future months of collecting and studying the data, the study could dramatically change not only the cruise industry but the entire maritime industry by reducing ship engine emissions.

“It is very satisfying to be recognized for our leadership and making great strides with regard to the environment,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO. “This is an important project in working together with private and governmental organizations to find mutually beneficial advancements for our industry. We look forward to analyzing the data to see if this technology can be effectively applied to the operation of cruise vessels.”

“We are very pleased at being recognized for developing this innovative technology,” said Andy Osbourne, business development director, Krystallon. “We see a great potential for the scrubber in the future of the cruise industry and shipping to reduce emissions.”