Source = Holland America Line ‘Green’ awards recognise line’s fleetwide efforts Holland America Line has been recognised for its environmental leadership with a series of recent accolades, including the “Gold 2010 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award” from the U.S. Coast Guard, the “World’s Leading Green Cruise Line Award” at the World Travel Awards in London and a “Blue Circle Award” from the Port of Vancouver. “We work diligently every day to reduce Holland America Line’s ecological footprint, and these awards validate our fleetwide efforts,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. “We are grateful that the U.S. Coast Guard and our travel industry and seaport partners appreciate our commitment to the environment and have recognised our dedication to environmental stewardship with these awards.”Holland America Line is a leader in environmental initiatives in the cruise industry with its comprehensive approach to managing impacts and reducing its overall carbon footprint. The line’s Environmental Management System was certified in 2006 and recertified in 2009. The company works diligently to conserve fuel and water, employs the latest technologies for wastewater and oily bilge water treatment, and uses innovative strategies to reduce and manage its solid waste stream. Holland America Line is an industry leader in exploring new environmental initiatives such as a whale conservation and protection program and using shore power in a growing number of ports. The U.S. Coast Guard Benkert Award was bestowed by a panel of experts based on a thorough review of Holland America Line’s comprehensive approach to environmental stewardship. The premier marine environmental protection award recognises organisations for outstanding achievements in all aspects of marine environmental protection. The award was created to recognise outstanding achievements that go beyond mere compliance with industrial and regulatory standards. The World Travel Awards were developed in 1993 to celebrate excellence and achievement in the travel and tourism industry, and winners comprise a “who’s who” of the travel community. The Wall Street Journal has called the awards the “Oscars of the travel and tourism industry.” Nominations for the World Travel Awards featured 5,000 companies from 162 countries across 1,000 categories. The winners were selected by thousands of industry professionals and consumers worldwide who voted online.Under Port Metro Vancouver’s EcoAction Program for Shipping, the Blue Circle Award is a recognition reserved for only the highest emissions-reduction achievements. The Blue Circle Awards honour a company’s efforts to reduce air emissions, depending on the quality of fuel used and overall emission reductions.