International Cruise and Ferry - Spring/Summer 2019

International Cruise & Ferry Review Ferry Business 92 ”We already lead in North America when it comes to lowering emissions” Mark Collins ust a few years ago, ferry companies and their passengers gave little thought to sustainability. Most operators had not considered the environmental impact of their operations, while the prime concern of their customers was the cost of tickets. However, customer concerns about how ships are impacting the environment, new government legislation and the potentially negative effect of these measures on ferry companies’ operating costs have put sustainability top of mind for everyone involved in the ferry industry. As a result, ferry companies have embarked on several innovative projects that have not only started to deliver positive environmental results, but have also caught the imagination of customers and the media. Four pioneering ferry companies that operate in global, regional and local markets share their thoughts on sustainability and provide feedback on the initiatives they have already implemented with ICFR : How does your corporate vision dictate your approach to the topic of sustainability? Christophe Mathieu, president of Brittany Ferries: We believe a voyage by sea is the richest way to travel. That means it should be a pleasure for our customers, our crew and all those who work within the regions we serve. They should not have to question our commitment to anything – particularly when it comes to protecting the environments in which we operate – so we know we must take action on issues like single-use plastics. We also have to take the lead when it comes to the types of fuels we use and cutting air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, we must do more for onboard recycling. Our stakeholders should never have to question whether we’re ‘walking the talk’. Mark Collins, president of BC Ferries: BC Ferries is privileged to operate in one of Simon Johnson, director of Shipshape Consulting, asks four ferry operators to outline the initiatives they have put in place to reduce the environmental impact of their fleets EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE Sustainable future Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel Mark Collins, president and CEO of BC Ferries Simon Johnson, director of Shipshape Consulting Niclas Mårtensson, CEO of Stena Line Christophe Mathieu, CEO of Brittany Ferries