Carnival uses the dirtiest fuel on earth

Carnival uses the dirtiest fuel on earth

Monday May 15, 2017

Last week, Stand.earth and student ambassadors from Plant for the Planet student ambassadors donned polar bear costumes and kicked off the Alaska cruise season by greeting Carnival passengers in Seattle with a giant banner reading, “Carnival Stop Polluting the Climate.”

And, we’re just getting started.

Carnival Cruise Lines’ massive ships carry tens of thousands of passengers to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. But lurking under its all-you-eat buffets, entertainment, and deck side pools lies a dirty secret: Its boats are powered by the dirtiest fuel on the planet – heavy fuel oil.

Here’s the dirt on heavy fuel oil:

  • Spills are impossible to clean up if there’s an accident due to its high viscosity.

  • Its exhaust causes cancer and other cardiovascular diseases, making it responsible for ten of thousands of premature deaths every year.

  • Burning heavy fuel oil creates black carbon, a huge contributor to global warming and the melting of the Arctic sea ice.


This summer, Carnival is partnering with high profile celebrities like Oprah Winfrey for what will likely be Carnival’s biggest Seattle-to-Alaska cruise season ever. And Stand.earth will be there every step of the way to call on Carnival to stop using the dirtiest fuel on the planet.

Help ban Heavy Fuel Oil use in the Arctic. Tweet at Carnival and urge them to take a simple step by freeing the Arctic of their heavy oil.

For more info on heavy oil and the present campaign to ban them in the Arctic, visit the Clean Arctic Alliance’s website.