An Orca emerging from the water in mystical yellow light.

Protection of the Maritime Environment

The maritime environment not only sets the scene for our business operations but mostly forms the basis for the touristic interest that motivates many of our passengers to travel with us. At the same time, the regional economies at our business locations are also usually characterized by tourism. Therefore, the respective communities are depending on the preservation of the touristic potential. Promoting the protection of the maritime environment thus not only is important to us because of our shipping DNA and our social and regional responsibility but also means preserving the foundation of our business model.

Responsible Whale Watching

Graphic of an orca appearing next to the Clipper ferry.

For over 20 years, Clipper Vacations has provided whale watching tours in accordance with the Pacific Whale Watching Association Guidelines (PWWA). Clipper uses low-impact, science-based viewing methods to ensure guests are observing whales and sea life in a non-disruptive manner.

Each Clipper whale watching tour features expert research-based naturalists who guide and educate passengers on whale and sealife behavior in the species’ natural environment. Data is collected in real-time and reported back to a number of whale research organizations to accurately track and monitor the health of locally spotted whales.

Sewage Treatment

Aerial view of the HSC Halunder Jet.

We strive to protect and contribute to the conservation of the seas and ecosystems through which our vessels sail. Our ships are therefore equipped with the latest technologies that allow us to clean the sewage water on board before it is released into the sea. All ships without a sewage water treatment plant pump their sewage water into the appropriate reception facilities in the ports.

Any other garbage is also collected aboard our ships and gets where it belongs: to land-based waste disposal facilities in the ports.