Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. was honored today by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers for the development and implementation of the cruise industry’s first comprehensive ISO 14001-certified environmental management system and environmental officer- training program.
“It is very gratifying to receive this recognition from such a knowledgeable and experienced group of environmental professionals,” said William Wright, senior vice president of Safety and Environment for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “I am very proud of, and thankful for, all of our employees who do so much to help our company continually improve our stewardship of the world’s oceans.”
Assisted by CDM, Royal Caribbean developed a sustainable environmental management system that reduced shipboard waste and its impact on the environment. The system includes comprehensive monitoring of ongoing shipboard operations, technical advancements, and fleetwide changes to waste- management programs.
Royal Caribbean’s environmental management system is supported by its environmental officer training, which reinforces best management practices, going above and beyond regulatory compliance, organizational improvements, treatment processes, and critical record keeping procedures.
Royal Caribbean’s environmental officers are responsible for all solid, hazardous, and chemical waste management onboard their vessels. Their training empowers them to successfully administer the company’s environmental management system. Environmental officers also train crew members in environmental management practices, perform ongoing inspections, serve as advisors to shipboard management, and act as vital links to the company’s shoreside departments.