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RINA gains contract to carry out future-strategy study

Italian classification society and technical consultancy RINA has been awarded a contract by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to carry out a comprehensive Global Investment Plan Study aimed at steering the cruise sector towards a sustainable future. The research will provide a worldwide scenario focused on the cruise sector, mapping real-time energy needs, infrastructure and regulations, with foresight scenarios extending to 2050.

The study, commissioned by CLIA, will be part of the cruise industry’s commitment to align with the IMO 2030 and 2050 environmental goals.

The study will be global, with one important exception; Europe will be excluded.

CLIA said that it would focus on a holistic view of the cruise industry’s infrastructure and regulatory needs worldwide. It will aim to provide clarity on the current status and future developments in fuel infrastructure and deployment over the next five-to10 years. A significant emphasis will be placed on the impact of itineraries and operations of cruise ships, considering various energy carriers both in navigation and at port.

The study will include:

  • Analysis of global cruise market itineraries, fuel choices, and propulsion options.
  • Evaluation of worldwide fuel, bunkering, and onshore power infrastructure.
  • Study of international and local GHG regulatory frameworks and their impact on ship design and operations.
  • Estimation of the volume of energy carriers required to meet decarbonisation targets.
  • Estimation of locations and sizes of infrastructure to support cruise itineraries and technologies, considering global funding and investment opportunities.