A report entitled "Getting a Grip on Cruise Pollution" released today by the Friends of the Earth (FOE) organization concludes that the billions of dollars earned by the cruise industry each year comes at a significant cost to our nation’s air and water.
The report was researched and authored by Ross Klein, a Professor and independent expert on cruise ship pollution. Professor Klein takes a detailed look at the various ways in which the cruise industry has harmed – and continues to harm – the environments in which cruise ships travel.
“This report provides a vital resource to anyone concerned about the cruise industry’s environmental impacts. With today’s launch of the largest cruise ship ever built – Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas – the report shines a light on an industry that has long avoided comprehensive environmental regulation and pollution controls,” said Marcie Keever, FOE’s Earth’s Clean Vessels Campaign Director. “Cruise ships continue to dump sewage into our waters and poison our air with engines that burn bottom-of-the barrel bunker fuel.”
"Getting a Grip on Cruise Ship Pollution" looks at all aspects of the cruise industry, from its pollution streams, to its history of environmental violations, to the modest number of environmental laws that govern the industry. The report also contains a wide-ranging set of policy recommendations, providing solutions for comprehensive environmental reform of the cruise industry.
To learn more, visit the Friends of Earth website.
Catalog of cruise industry environmental violations, fines and other incidents: Professor Ross Klein’s website CruiseJunkie.
Overview of cruise ship pollution from Friends of the Earth website.
Source: Friends of the Earth news release. FOE is the U.S. voice of the world’s largest grassroots environmental network, with member groups in 77 countries. Since 1969, FOE has fought to create a more healthy, just world.
Oasis of the Seas Kenneth Karsten via shipspotting.com