Crystal Gets Green Kudos from Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles has honored Crystal Cruises for successfully complying with the harbor’s 2012 Vessel Speed Reduction Program (VSRP), contributing to a greener, cleaner port.

By Crystal lowering its vessel speeds when sailing in and out of the area, the luxury cruise provider has contributed to significant decreases in environmental emissions and to an overall healthier air quality around San Pedro Bay.

Both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony earned accolades for their pollution-reduction efforts while visiting L.A. last year.

The port’s distinctive program is designed to reduce emissions from ocean-going vessels by slowing their speeds as they approach or depart the port at either 20 nautical miles from Point Fermin or as far as 40 nautical miles offshore. In 2012, these voluntary actions helped reduce 73 tons of diesel particulate matter (DPM), as well as 740 tons of sulfur oxide (SOx) and 981 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

“Our Crystal Clean ethos permeates all of our operations worldwide,” said William Boehm, Crystal’s director of marine compliance. “From greener approaches to sailing, to our ‘Nothing Overboard’ policy and You Care, We Care voluntourism program, we are continually seeking out opportunities to reduce our ecological impact and enhance environmental stewardship wherever we sail.”

Los Angeles is just one of several international ports that have recognized Crystal for its environmental efforts in recent years. Additional awards have included the Venice Blue Flag award, Stockholm’s Environmental Buoy Diploma, and San Francisco’s Cruise Ship Environmental Award.

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