A ship at standstill pollutes as much as a million cars in terms of emissions of fine particles and nitrogen dioxide
In a letter made public Wednesday, September 7, Benedict Payan and Josette Sportiello, presidents of the Socialist group in the city of Marseille and the Departmental Council of Bouches-du-Rhône, ask Ségolène Royal “order a study on the health impact and environmental emissions of these boats in the atmosphere “and” do everything possible so that solutions be found and implemented.
“Every day, dozens of cruise ships carrying thousands of passengers stationed in Marseille on a stopover. If they are docked, yet ship engines still running – for lack of alternatives and economy worries – to power the restaurants, kitchens, recreation rooms or air conditioning… The ship can board up ‘to 6000 passengers and 2000 crew members, the equivalent of a city!
According to the NGO Transport and Environment, about 50,000 premature deaths in Europe are caused by maritime air pollution could be reduced by 80 to 90% by simple measures.
Prohibition of fuels with more than 0.1% sulfur and reduction of port charges and rights of way for the cleanest boats
Marseille is one of the top ten cruise ports in the world, with 1.45 million cruise passengers handled in 2015, up 10.7%. France Nature Environment (FNE) and the German NGO Nabu measured a liner to stop polluting as much as a million cars, in terms of emissions of fine particles and nitrogen dioxide. The two NGOs urge shipowners to use a less loaded diesel sulfur and installation of particulate filters on ships.
They also ask the fuel ban Mediterranean with more than 0.1% sulfur and advocate the reduction of port charges and rights of way for the cleanest ships, like Singapore.
In addition to air pollution, cruise ships also emit many waste dumped directly into the ocean, such as waste water, not to mention the visual pollution… Some yachts look like real Christmas trees, remaining illuminated all night from the hull to the corridors… If the owners are satisfied with this outrageous visibility that night as pollution to the air quality as birds, fish, turtles and other marine mammals and deserves to be controlled.