Cruise lines, ports and tourist authorities are committed to improving air quality in Marseille

Cruise lines, ports and tourist authorities are committed to improving air quality in Marseille

The four cruise lines, which accounted for almost 83% of Marseille's calls and 95% of the city's cruise visitors, entered into a joint commitment with ports, tourism and the city authorities to reduce emissions from ships in the region.

The Blue Charter was signed by Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Ponant and the Port of Marseille Fose, the Marseille Provence Cruise Club (MPCC) and the Provence Alpes-Côte d Azur Regional Council. A French port city with more than 250 cruise and maritime stakeholders.

The signatories of the Blue Charter agree that, in addition to national or international rules, the following measures must be taken to protect the air quality of the people of Marseilles:

The Blue Charter was also signed by the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Council and the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolitan Office.

Jean-François Suhas, President of the Marseille Provence Cruise Club, called the Blue Charter a unique and huge step forward in the port world.

For Hervé Martel, Chairman of the Board of the Port of Marseille-Fose, this is a major breakthrough for the environment, the medical cruise industry, Marseille and its inhabitants and the port.

He added that we intend to develop the cruise business in a responsible and virtuous way that is acceptable to our port neighbors and that takes into account the economic impact, but does not mean limiting the number of calls.

Marseille remains committed to welcoming 2 million cruise passengers by 2020. According to the Marseille Provence Chamber of Commerce, cruising generates 310 million economic benefits a year.

A partnership has been set up between Enedis (France's electricity grid operator) and the port of Marseille Fos to ensure shore-based connections for all passenger berths by 2025: ferries and shipyards by 2022 and cruise berths by 2022. and 2025. The investment is 20 million.

Three Meridionale ferries have been using shore-based forces at the Marseille quay since 2017, and Corsica Lines has tested the connection with a view to using it regularly by the end of 2019, with two more from 2020 onwards.

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