"At Star Clippers, we always try to maximise the amount of time we are under wind power. Not only so that our guests can experience a true tall ship sailing experience", says Captain Farhat Shamim, vice president of operations for Star Clippers. "But because this also reduces the amount of fuel we consume. A cruise under sail is much easier on the environment."
Shamin pointed out that in the Caribbean, where the wind is most predictable ,the ships operate under wind power up to 70% of the time, thus minimizing use of auxiliary engines which also power the air-conditioning and provide electricity.
Sailing versus a motor cruising means substantially lower fuel consumption and emissions. Using a figure of 60% average power coming from wind energy saves 1,839 gallons (6960 litres) per day. That ammounts to a reduction of 671,000 gallons (2.54 million litres) per ship per year.
When Star Clippers ships do consume fuel, it is a less polluting grade."All our vessels only utilize very pure high-quality low-sulphur gas oil; for this we were awarded the International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate , " Shamim syas. "Star Flyer was the first ship in the world to receive this certificate. later, Star Clipper & Royal Clipper received the same certification".
International Maritime Organization regulations under Annex V1 will limit sulphur content in marine fuels to 4.5% in Jluy 2010 and to 3.5% on January 1st 2012.the high-grade marine gas oil, with less than 0.1% sulphur content which Star Clippers already uses more than complies with international regulations. This means a reduction of sulphur by 45 times less than the prevailing environmental regulation. Star Clippers' ships are equipped with small low power, energy efficient caterpillar engines whose performance far exceeds the new requirements imposed by the international maritime organisation. the engines on Star Clippers ships also are designed to exceed new regulations on exhaust gas emissions.
When it comes to managing the waste products generated onboard, Star Clippers' policy can be summed up as follows;
Only eco-friendly , biodegradable products are used for cleaning onboard Star Clippers vessels. Super concentrated formulae that employ innovative packaging and dispensing methods are chosen to optimize usage and minimize waste.
The final link in Star Clippers' shipboard 'green' programme is ongoing crew training to raise environmental awareness, ensure best practices and compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.