Initiatives and Practices

The member lines of Cruise Lines International Association - North West & Canada are at the forefront of environmental technology. Collectively, member lines have invested over $60 million on wastewater purification systems that treat water to standards higher than most land-based operations. Cruise lines have also invested in cleaner burning fuels and gas turbine engines that reduce air pollution. 

The practices deployed by CLIA-NWC members serve as a model for cruise ships everywhere.

Other initiatives include:

  • Shore-power plug-in systems in Juneau, Vancouver & Seattle so ships can turn off their engines while in port, reducing air emissions
  • Smokeless, gas turbine engines that recycle exhaust gases and reduce pollution
  • Cleaner burning, low sulfur fuels that reduce smokestack emissions
  • Oil spill response equipment and training programs in Glacier Bay, Juneau, Ketchikan and Yakutat
  • Conservation and Waste Reduction

CLIA Operations Safety Policies

Canada Shipping Act

Washington MOU

The DEC posted a thorough list of frequently asked questions to clarify HB 80, the recently passed cruise ship wastewater discharge legislation: Frequently Asked Questions - Cruise Ship Wastewater Discharge Regulation and HB 80

While cruise ships comprise far less than 1% of the global maritime community, they are at the forefront in developing responsible environmental practices and innovative technologies that lead the world's shipping sector. Learn more about how the cruise industry protects the environment at