Holland America Line Receives Sixth Consecutive Green Gateway

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The Port of Seattle presented Holland America Line with its sixth consecutive Green Gateway Award. The Port of Seattle also presented Seattle’s hometown cruise line with the Technology Innovator award.

The Port of Seattle presents the Green Gateway Awards annually to cruise and commercial lines that call at the port and whose environmental efforts are deemed worthy of recognition.

Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president said:

“Holland America Line’s commitment to the environment is something we’re very proud of, and to be recognized for the sixth year by the Port of Seattle with a Green Gateway Award is a testament to our dedication and focus,”

“We are continuously seeking more ways to be an environmental steward and responsibly sail the world’s oceans. We are honored to earn these accolades in our hometown.”

Holland America Line also received the Technology Innovator award for investing in its Seattle-based fleet that has resulted in year-over-year reductions in fuel use and resultant greenhouse gases. Port of Seattle also cited the cruise line’s installation of IPCO Power Fuel Treatment systems that are designed to enhance combustion, lower emissions, improve fuel economy, extend engine overhaul intervals and lower overall operating costs.

In previous years Holland America Line received the Green Gateway Award for its use of shore power, comprehensive practices to reduce emissions and its commitment to protecting the environment.

Holland America Line also was named the 2014 Marine Environmental Business of the Year by the Port of Seattle and the Seattle Propeller Club. The company was honored for its efforts to shrink its global environmental footprint through a series of objectives that reduce consumption of fuel and water, engine emissions and generation of solid waste.

Holland America Line is among the pioneers in the maritime industry in investing in technology to reduce engine emissions while a ship is at berth. Six of the 15 Holland America Line ships — ms Amsterdam, ms Veendam,ms Noordam, ms Zuiderdam, ms Oosterdam and ms Westerdam — use shore power at the ports of Seattle,San Diego, Halifax and Vancouver.

Source: Holland America Line