Dutch shipyards ready to turn cruises green

At Dianthus, we’re all about sustainability: we work with local flower growers wherever possible. And we’re very proud of our Dutch roots. So we’re overjoyed to see that Dutch shipyards are leading the way towards an eco-friendly cruise industry.

According to a report from 4yacht.com, a group of Dutch shipyards and maritime companies have teamed up with the Maritime Knowledge Centre to research new fuel alternatives. The Green Maritime Methanol project will test out different fuels, including methanol.

But the study goes beyond fuel alternatives. It will also look at how superyachts and cruise ships use energy, and investigate new technologies and designs to improve fuel efficiency.

The Maritime Methanol Project is ground-breaking in its scope, and because it involves so many different companies and research bodies. But it’s not the only project to create “greener” cruise ships.

The Norwegian operator Hurtigruten has created the first battery-powered cruise ship, according to a report from Sailboats.com. The ship, the MS Roald Amundsen, raises the possibility of a world where cruise ships dock at charging stations – just like electronic cars.

Meanwhile, at Dianthus, we’ll be keeping a close eye on developments. What’s next for a green cruise industry? Garden roofs for insulation and produce grown on board? Solar panels integrated into flower arrangements? We can’t wait to find out!

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