Luxury cruises and the pollution they generate

Air shipments are the most efficient if you need your cargo or documents to arrive quickly and securely. luxury cruises they are true floating cities with thousands of passengers that generate significant pollution and waste of energy.

The protectionist organization called Oceana has carried out an investigation quantifying the environmental consequences of cruise ships.

They calculated that a ship with 3000 tourists can produce per passenger every day: 300 liters of dirty gray water and 40 liters of sewage waste, 10 liters of bilges or liquids from the ship, 3,5 kg of garbage and 30 grams of toxic waste.

In conclusion, it must be stated that each cruise produces a significant amount of waste and pollution.

But the most worrying thing is that the current international legislation is old and does not adapt to the current reality, since for example it authorizes ships to dump their organic waste to the sea as long as they are 4 miles from the coast when they received some type of treatment and if not the dirty waters 12 miles from the coast.

Another aspect that Oceana points out is that cruise ships consume enormous amounts of fuel. Each ship can consume the fuel than 12.000 cars but also the quality of the fuel used generates a large amount of emissions of CO2 and sulfur among other polluting gases.

The ecological impact of this tourist activity is very important, the companies that carry out this activity are beginning to carry out some actions to reduce its environmental consequences, but they are still minimal.

International authorities must modernize and update the legislation regarding cruise activity, determine and establish environmental obligations and standards of care and environmental behavior on the high seas.

Tourism activity can be sustainable but it is necessary to incorporate technology and new processes to reduce pollution levels.

The sea and the oceans belong to everyone, but not but they cannot be used as a great garbage dump without control.

SOURCE: Efe verde

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