Friday, May 2, 2014

Royal Caribbean CEO Honored
for Environmental Efforts

By Mark Edward Nero

Royal Caribbean Cruises Chairman and CEO Richard Fain, has been selected by the chair of the Federal Maritime Commission to receive an Earth Day Award for environmental efforts, the Commission announced April 30.

The FMC Chairman’s Earth Day Award highlights technologies, programs, or practices of the maritime transportation industry that benefit the environment. Fain and Caribbean have sought to increase environmental stewardship, the Maritime Commission says, through innovations in vessel technology, onboard practices and an ongoing partnership with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS).

“As a corporate leader, Mr. Fain is engaged in the technical innovations that Royal Caribbean is utilizing to set aggressive environmental goals for emissions, wastewater treatment and recycling,” Cordero said in a statement announcing the award.

Cordero highlighted Fain’s support of Royal Caribbean’s work with RSMAS scientists to advance bilge water treatment technologies and the cruise line’s recent progresses in reducing their greenhouse gas footprint, as well as a 19 percent reduction in fuel consumption since 2005. Cordero also recognized the establishment of the Ocean Fund by Royal Caribbean, which since 1996, has given over $12 million to more than 70 organizations around the world for projects that relate to ocean science, marine species preservation, and innovative technologies. The Ocean Fund also provides for the direct support of oceanographic and meteorological observation systems onboard Royal Caribbean vessels.