Cruise ships visiting Reykjavik harbour cause more emissions than the entire fleet of year-round fishing ships at the same port, according to the port authority’s data, revealing that cruise ships released 14,300 tonnes of emissions at the port, a 50% increase from 2016.
Key cruise ship companies operating in French waters joined forces to limit air pollution caused by their vessels. The measures agreed include use of shore power and low-polluting fuel when maneuvering in harbors, as well as other measures to reduce emissions.
In 2019 the Norwegian Fjords saw new regulations being implemented concerning the marine protection and sustainability, given that it was important to implement stricter measures to reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur oxides (SOx) in particular.
During 2019, NGO BirdLife Malta informed that there will be no less than 122 port calls to Malta by Europe’s ‘worst-polluting cruise ships’, according to the Cruise Ship Ranking for 2019 which has just been published. The list, compiled by NABU was presented in the past days, and regarding this year’s ranking, 90 vessels were checked on their emissions’ impacts, especially on contribution to air pollution levels.
On August 21st, NABU presented its cruise ship ranking 2019. The findings of this year’s evaluation demonstrate that only a small proportion of fleets is becoming cleaner, while the industry by large continues to depend on heavy fuels and fails to employ exhaust technology.
The French Mediterranean port of Cannes announced that it will implement a 0.1% sulphur cap on the fuel used by the cruise ships calling the port. Further the port issued four recommendations for ports calling in, to protect the environment from air and marine pollution.
Shore power enables ships equipped with the necessary equipment to shut down diesel powered auxiliary engines and plug into land-based electrical power. This reduces emissions of pollutants that damage air quality and GHG emissions that contribute to climate change. It also reduces engine noise. In this video, the Port of Vancouver presents its own shore power facility.
Costa Cruises has signed the ‘Genoa Blue Agreement’ promoted by the Genoa and Savona Coast Guard Offices. The document mandates vessels to use marine gasoil with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.10% by mass prior to entering the ports of Savona and Genoa, and not only while the ship is moored as required by current legislation.
According to the Guardian, Ada Colau, Barcelona’s mayor, promised to restrict the number of cruise ships calling the city ports. She believes that the limitations will decrease pollution in the city. The mayor continued that the limits proposed are set to reduce pollution in the city, where air quality regularly exceeds World Health Organization limits for nitrogen oxide and PM10 particulates.
Responding to a recent report by T&E critisizing the cruise industry’s emissions, CLIA said the results have been published without any academic scrutiny. It also cited significant investments in scrubbers and LNG over the last years, noting that the industry is fully committed to a zero emission future.
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