5
Mai
2004

Stop Cruise Pollution campaign

I have great news for you from our Stop Cruise Pollution campaign!

It's official: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has heard your calls for them to clean up their sewage-treatment act. And they are doing something about it.

To put it simply -- WE WON!

In a letter to Oceana (PDF format) //ga0.org/ct/Y115Yjd17Bpr/ Royal Caribbean Chairman and CEO Richard Fain has committed the company to do the following:

* Install advanced wastewater treatment (AWT) systems on every ship in their fleet -- just as Oceana has been calling on Royal Caribbean to do -- as their ships come in for their scheduled drydocking, which means their whole fleet will have them by 2008.
* Select AWT systems whose treated discharges meet the stringent standards of the state of Alaska -- the same standards which Oceana has been calling on Royal Caribbean to meet.
* Have a third party monitor the performance of the AWT systems, and make the results of that monitoring public.

It is very gratifying to see Royal Caribbean make this decision. As you know, we have been urging them for almost a year now to start down this road, so it's great to see them beginning the journey.

And you have been instrumental in making that happen. Almost 90,000 people have signed our cruise pollution pledge, vowing not to cruise with Royal Caribbean until they committed to stop dumping inadequately treated sewage. In communities across North America -- in Miami, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Vancouver, and many more -- you turned out to show your support.

//www.stopcruisepollution.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=page&pageID=974

Now, your voices have been heard. Royal Caribbean has started to clean up its act. It's an exciting day for us all, and a turning point for the oceans!

WHAT COMES NEXT

In recognition of Royal Caribbean's commitment, we're suspending our campaign against them. However, Royal Caribbean is just one company. Cruise pollution is still a major threat to our oceans, which is why we're supporting the Clean Cruise Ships Act of 2004 -- a bill currently before Congress that would go a long way towards stopping the problem of cruise pollution across the entire industry.

You acted, and you got Royal Caribbean's attention. Now we're asking you to do the same for Congress. Ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Clean Cruise Ships Act of 2004 -- they need to hear from you how important this is!

* TAKE ACTION: Ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Clean Cruise Ships Act of 2004
//ga0.org/campaign/cleancruiseact/7iwdixzhjem7wn

Want to share the good news? You can use our Tell-A-Friend feature to invite your friends to join the community that made this victory possible:

* TELL A FRIEND: Pass on the good news!
//ga0.org/wavemaker/join-forward.html?domain=wavemaker&r=gd15Yjd1pB8p

And we're also opening a thread over on our community site, The Oceana Network, for you to discuss this news with your fellow activists:

* GET CONNECTED: Discuss the Royal Caribbean decision on The Oceana Network //ga0.org/ct/Rp15Yjd17Bp4/

This is a major step forward for everyone who cares about the future of the oceans, and it couldn't have happened without you. Thanks for your continuing commitment, and congratulations!

For the oceans,

Andy Sharpless
CEO
Oceana

Tell your friends about this important victory, and the need to support the Clean Cruise Act!
Tell-a-friend! //ga0.org/join-forward.html?domain=wavemaker&r=gd15Yjd1pB8p
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