Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Environmental Policy
Captain Cook Cruises Fiji is committed to minimising damage to the environment. This is done through onboard policies, procedures, education, standing orders and compliance to international maritime regulations.
Unless in adverse weather the engines are run at the most economical speed to minimise fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. Helm movements are kept to a minimum to reduce drag and fuel consumption.
The MV Reef Endeavour has a Garbage Management Plan, with all garbage segregated on board and landed ashore with zero tolerance for any overboard discharge. We operate this same approach on our day and dinner cruises and ensure that all of our waste is disposed of responsibly.
Passengers and crew are instructed not to stand on, touch or remove the coral or any marine life they may find while snorkelling and diving. We ensure that our ships are secured at designated anchorages that are on sand and away from reef areas to ensure we do not damage the delicate coral reef. We also operate an on board Crown Of Thorns (COTS) removal program to help protect the coral reefs from this poisonous and deadly starfish. This program is run by our on board fully qualified Marine Biologist who ensures all reefs we visit are monitored regularly and is funded by Captain Cook Cruises Fiji.Daily lectures are conducted by our Marine Biologist, educating passengers on reef ecosystems and the importance of these for the environment and Fijian communities they sustain.
We also encourage passengers to help the environment by minimising unnecessary use of clean towels.
To comply with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) regulations, we will be installing an International Maritime Organisation (IMO) compliant Sewage Treatment Plant and Oily Water Separator. Captain Cook Cruises Fiji maintains records are kept aboard on all oil and garbage movements to ensure compliance.