When the first luxury cruise ships begin traversing the Northwest Passage, a route newly opened by melting Arctic ice, the colossal vessels may also bring sooty diesel emissions and swimming pools of sewage into a long-pristine environment, green groups warn.
A new report on the global cruise line industry found that these companies are slow to adopt technologies and practices that could reduce harmful fuel emissions and limit water pollution in the areas where they travel and dock. Friends of the Earth, an environmental activist group, graded 17 cruise companies and their 171 ships and concluded that the industry has shown an “ongoing lack of initiative” to address the cruise liners’ environmental impacts.
Pollution concerns have long plagued cruise ships on traditional routes like the U.S. coasts, the Caribbean Sea, the Mediterranean and Europe’s North Sea. But the Northwest Passage — a sea route in the Arctic Ocean that connects the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans — was largely spared thanks to its frozen expanse.
If we can watch “terrorists” from across the world then we should monitor the cruise, tankers, and cargo ships. HUGE fines should be levied for spills, leaks, dumping, sewage, air, gas tax, everything. Sick of them and their nasty habits.