Holland America Line's ms Zaandam First Cruise Ship to Sail with Revolutionary Emissions Reduction Technology

    SEATTLE, April 21 /CNW/ -- When Holland America Line's ms Zaandam sets
sail from Vancouver, B.C., on Earth Day, April 22, it will be unlike any other
cruise ship at sea, featuring new cutting edge emission reduction technology
recently installed during a two-week drydock.  In cooperation with several
United States and Canadian government and regulatory agencies, Holland America
Line has launched a technology demonstration project, designed to demonstrate
the feasibility of using sea water to "scrub," or reduce, engine emissions on
oceangoing vessels.
    "This is a ship like no other in the cruise industry," said Stein Kruse,
president and chief executive officer, Holland America Line, "and after
studies and modifications of the ship's new test emissions technology, it
could dramatically change not only the cruise industry but the entire maritime
industry by reducing ship engine emissions."
    The sea water scrubber system, developed by Krystallon, a subsidiary of
BP, uses the natural chemistry of seawater to remove virtually all sulfur
oxide (SOx) as well as significantly reduce particulate matter emissions.  The
sea water is then treated to remove harmful components while the calcium
carbonate (CaCO3) in seawater renders the sulfur oxides harmless by
conversions to sulfates and neutral salts.
    The price tag tops more than $1.5 million and includes assistance of
$300,000 from an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/West Coast
Collaborative grant and a $100,000 contribution from Puget Sound Clean Air
Agency.   Additional support for the project comes from the Port of Seattle,
the Port of Vancouver, Environment Canada, British Columbia Ministry of the
Environment and the B. C. Clean Air Research Fund, as well as Krystallon. Each
government agency has representatives serving on a technical advisory
committee that oversees the development of this project.
    "This project shows how Holland America Line focuses on new technologies
and best practices to bolster our existing award-winning environmental
programs," said Kruse.  "We will continue to go above and beyond international
requirements, as we have for many years, now in the operation of our vessels."

    Protecting the Environment through Comprehensive Programs and Innovations
    Holland America Line demonstrates its commitment to responsible
environmental practices through a comprehensive fleetwide program that
emphasizes compliance with all international environmental guidelines, waste
reduction and recycling, and a history of embracing new environmental
technologies such as state-of-the-art water treatment systems, shore power
while ships are in port, and an internationally-recognized whale strike
avoidance program.
    In June 2006, Holland America Line's Environmental Management System
received the international ISO 14001 certification, demonstrating that the
company conforms to higher standards than what is just required by the letter
of the law.  Holland America Line's ships currently meet or exceed all
provisions of the international regulations governing the environmental
management of marine operations.  An environmental officer serves on each ship
to oversee shipboard compliance and procedures.
    Each ship in the Holland America Line fleet undergoes a strict port- and
flag-state inspection annually and a mandatory environmental audit conducted
both by an outside environmental auditing firm and by internal staff.

    Editor's Note:  Photos can be downloaded at

    -- www.hollandamerica.com --

    About Krystallon:
    Established to develop innovative pollution abatement methodologies,
Krystallon is a joint venture between BP Marine, a worldwide supplier of
bunker fuels and lubricants, and founding partner Kittiwake, which provides
test, measurement and monitoring equipment for fuels, lubricants and water
systems globally.  The focus of Krystallon is to provide environmental control
solutions to the marine industry, marketed through the majority partner BP
Marine. Initial design work has developed exhaust gas cleaning systems for
large marine engines. This activity underpins the environmental agenda of BP
Marine in providing both cleaner fuels and environmental solutions for energy
management within the shipping industry.  All companies are headquartered in
the United Kingdom.

    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE:    CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 13 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to
more than 320 ports.  Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents,
including Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia and Grand
World Voyages; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.

    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    Among the highest-rated cruise lines in the world, Holland America Line
is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also
includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise
Line and Costa Cruises.  Sharing a passion to please each guest and a
commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of
lifestyles and budgets.  The World's Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and
enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.

For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello of Holland America Line, 
+1-206-313-7673, or fax, +1-206-262-5934, or pr@hollandamerica.com Web Site:

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