Interesting tidbit found in Norwegian Cruise Line's Earning Statement Released Last Week.
As part of the Company’s continued commitment to the environment, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Gem were each successfully retrofitted with a new exhaust gas scrubber system this quarter. These scrubbers aim to significantly reduce air emissions, thus reducing the fleet’s environmental footprint. The ships’ new lightweight in-line scrubbers are a hybrid technology developed by Yara Marine Technologies that are able to operate in dry mode, open loop and closed loop. Five scrubbers were installed, one per engine, covering the whole propulsion system. Collectively, they are capable of reducing the emission of sulfur into the air by up to 99 percent and also reducing 85 percent of particulate emission into the air.
The Company currently has five ships outfitted with exhaust gas scrubber technology with Norwegian Pearl and Gem joining Norwegian Jewel, Escape and Pride of America. Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Sun are scheduled for retrofitting in the first and second quarter of 2017, respectively. In addition, all remaining ships on order for the Norwegian Cruise Line brand will also be outfitted with similar technology.