CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Carnival Cruise Lines says they will install exhaust-gas cleaning technology on all 32 ships in their fleet, including the Charleston-based Carnival Fantasy.
The company says their boats will be outfitted with "scrubbers" that remove sulfur from ship exhaust and reduce the amount of black carbon that is released into the air.
The company says the scrubbers will be installed on the Fantasy in October 2015.
The Fantasy already burns low sulfur marine gas oil while it stays in the Port of Charleston, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.
Carnival began using the oil in December 2013. International law requires all ships to reduce sulfur content in their exhaust by 2015.
The Fantasy is the only cruise liner that uses Charleston as its embark/debark port. It accounted for 68 of the 88 total cruise calls on Charleston in 2013.