Lancashire Times
Weekend Edition
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
7:00 AM 25th July 2021

Cruise Line Smashes Its ‘Carbon’ Goal

Jon Bye & Georgie Skittlethorpe of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines with Brian Harkins of the BINN Group
Jon Bye & Georgie Skittlethorpe of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines with Brian Harkins of the BINN Group
The goal of sending ‘zero to landfill’ in the refurbishment of one of its ships, has been achieved by Fred Olsen Cruise lines.

The company purchased the now 1,360-guest ship Borealis last September, and has conducted a large refurbishment, including upgrades to public areas and guest cabins and the replacement of a number of bathrooms.

Working with the Binn Group, based in Perth, Scotland, Fred. Olsen has been able to recycle tiles into cement and materials for construction sites, carpet into wood blocks to create fuel and timber to create chipboard flooring.

In addition, items such as bath tubs and panels, wood and pillows will also now be used to help create energy.

Thomas Rennesland, Hotel Operations Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “Borealis is a beautiful ship, and while we wanted to make her our own, we also wanted to ensure that we were not wasteful. It makes us very proud to have achieved ‘zero to landfill’ for this project, and I would like to thank the Binn Group who have worked with us to help us achieve our goal.”

Brian Harkins, Managing Director for the Binn Group, said: "Working together we have not only provided the best solution for our customer but also the best solution for the planet.

“Carbon impact and sustainability is at the heart of what we do and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have been a pleasure to work with given that their values on sustainability and carbon align so well with our own.”

Borealis set sail on her three-night Maiden Voyage on earlier this mont, kick-starting Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ‘Welcome Back’ programme of UK sailing from Liverpool this summer.

For further information on Borealis, visit