Barcelona is the most polluted cruise ship port in Europe. That’s according to a new report from think tank Transport & Environment, which found Spain had four ports ranking in the top 10 most polluted by cruise ships.
Cruise ships emit large amounts of air pollution in the form of NOx (nitrogen oxides), SOx (sulphuroxides) and the so-called PM2.5 particles – also known as fine inhalable particles.
Air pollution has a damaging effect on health, increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes and in Spain an estimated 30,000 deaths a year are blamed on emissions.
But while Spain has made efforts to reduce car emissions, the report reveals that cruise ships, which are being welcomed in even greater numbers each year, are an even worse culprit.
In 2017, a total of 105 cruise ships docked in Barcelona, spending 8293 hours in port. They caused almost five times the pollution of the city’s fleet of cars where some 558,920 vehicles are registered
It also found cruises run by Carnival Corporation emitted 10 times more cancer-causing gases in Europe than all of the continent’s cars combined.
Earlier this week four people were injured when a cruise ship slammed into a smaller boat in Venice this week, sparking fresh debate over the damages the vessels cause.
Via The Local