MedCruise General Assemblies have established themselves as major cruise events in the Mediterranean and adjoining seas. The latest edition of the MedCruise General Assembly has been hosted by the MedCruise member French Riviere – CCI Cote d’Azur, composed by Ports of Cannes, Antibes, Nice and Villefranche.
Nearly nine hundred B2B meetings took place between MedCruise members and cruise lines executives as well as international cruise press representatives during two very busy days. Moreover, up to six Plenary Sessions, made up of quality cruise experts, have provided interesting discussions about the industry and opportunities to learn more about trends in the Mediterranean in terms of the cruise market.
One of the plenary sessions was focused on Environmental Issues, with the Director of the Port of Cannes, Mr. Eric Barrat, being among the speakers. Barrat presented during his intervention the Four Environmental Commitments for Cruise Lines in the bay of Cannes, being the sustainable commitments as follows:
- Reduction of pollutant emissions in the air; by using 0.1% sulfur content fuel when sailing and maneuvering at the bay.
- Reduction of pollution at sea; by no rejecting treated water in pilotage nor berthing areas.
- Protection of biodiversity; by bypassing Posidonia meadows during maneuvers and anchoring.
- Implementation of a globalized environmental approach; by promoting environmental-friendly initiatives.
Finally, Barrat announced that this agreement is about to be signed with different cruise lines, which will enjoy a financial bonus per passenger and call.
“MedCruise Association fully supports any environmental initiative and green action promoted by any of the ports in the region and encourages all its members to work together for a greener industry and a sustainable growth”, appointed MedCruise President right after the Plenary Session on Environmental Issues.