Passenger Vessel Association
Passenger Vessel Association

We Are Taking Environmental

Since its inception, the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) has been offering its members the information they need to succeed.

That credo continues with an exciting new "voluntary" program that provides a comprehensive look at the "Green" movement, while offering realistic ideas for ways in which PVA members can easily adopt or expand environmentally friendly practices, which often result in saving money and generating a positive "buzz" from customers, employees, media, and the community.

PVA staff and expert volunteers worked for many months developing a "Best Green Business Practices" manual that will efficiently guide you through the often complex world of "Green" environmentalism. Through the use of case studies and concrete examples that are tailored specifically to the passenger vessel industry, this "living" document allows operators to quickly understand how environmentally friendly practices can be easily and cost-effectively adopted. The manual will also help members understand the positive impact that such practices have upon public opinion. Plus, many PVA operators will be pleased to know that they are already doing many of the things the program advocates.

Again, this program is voluntary and is intended to assist passenger vessel operators run cleaner, greener business operations without causing financial or operational strain. Because every vessel operation is different, this program, which will evolve over time, is expected to be used as a guide and operators should use those practices that make sense for their individual operation.

In addition to the electronic manual, accessible online at, the PVA WATERS program includes an easy-to-use checklist for members to assess the level of their environmental stewardship. Using this checklist, members can get numerous "Green" ideas to improve or evaluate:

  • Office Operations
  • Power Sources
  • Fuel Type and Consumption
  • Galley Processes
  • Engine Maintenance and Emissions
  • Vessel Design and Construction
  • Paperless Marketing Materials and Collateral
  • Reservations and Ticketing
  • Water Consumption
  • Environmental Training

Upon implementing these, or any of the practices that best meet your operation's unique needs, PVA members are encouraged to share this information with PVA. Please complete the PVA WATERS Best Green Business Practices Checklist to receive a PVA WATERS participation certificate and window sticker. For membership information, click here or contact Jen Wilk, Manager, Membership and Public Affairs at 1-800-807-8360 ext. 24 or