Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has announced that it has introduced a ban on the use of plastic straws on its four ocean ships.
The cruise line is also removing plastic cutlery throughout its fleet and says it is implementing other waste-saving initiatives on board including the removal of single-use coffee cups from Bookmark Cafés, replacing plastic laundry bags with linen ones, reducing the consumption of cling film and using ropes to secure items during rough seas rather than plastic.
Thomas Rennesland, hotel operations director at Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“As a cruise line, we make our living out of the sea. We need to do our utmost to conserve this precious environment and make sure that it is safeguarded for marine life and the enjoyment of generations to come.
“There are three key elements to the environmental measures that we are undertaking across our fleet: to reduce and – where possible – eliminate single-use disposable plastics; to reduce the amount of plastics used operationally; and finally, to influence our supply chain in their behaviours.
“We have been listening to guest feedback and asking our staff how we can work together to reduce, and wherever possible, remove our reliance upon single-use plastics. On board Boudicca, for instance, we have been able to reduce the use of cling film by 32%; this is being replicated across our other ships.”
The company is also considering measures that can be undertaken by its river cruise ship, Brabant, to reduce and eliminate single-use plastics on board.