Recently, Crystal Serenity completed a 32-day voyage from Alaska to New York City through the Northwest Passage just north of Canada, marking the first time a large luxury cruise ship successfully traversed its ways through the Arctic region.
The Arctic is quickly growing in terms of strategic importance related to new transport routes and natural resources. Development has been met with the recognition that the Arctic is a sensitive environment. Conscious of the pristine nature of this area, Crystal Cruises elected to bring onboard a unique waste-to-energy system developed by Power Ten, Inc. partner Terragon. The patented system (MAGS or Micro Auto Gasification System) is commercially available and can handle up to 50 kg/hour of solid waste, converting it into useful thermal energy. Unlike marine incinerators, MAGS does not release soot or other pollutants to the air, a true benefit for both the environment and the passengers. Throughout the transit, Crystal operated as it always does with a nothing overboard policy, and throughout the voyage it operated in a manner to meet or exceed all environmentally regulatory requirements for the region.
On August 29, the Crystal Serenity stopped at the Northern community of Cambridge Bay (Nunavut), where another MAGS system is undergoing field trials. Thus, for a brief period, a shipboard MAGS and a land-based MAGS were brought together in the Arctic, a testament to the growing recognition of the potential of Terragon’s MAGS technology for the North. Providing clean energy fueled by waste to both Cambridge Bay and the Crystal Serenity marks a shift in overall philosophy, where waste is viewed as a valuable resource rather than something to be discharged to land or the ocean. Terragon is proud to be associated with these groups, whose interest in sustainable practices will serve as examples for others and lead the way forward.