Regulators Target Cruise Ship Wastewater

Thursday, December 29, 2005
According to the AP, Maine's Department of Environmental Protection is launching a new permit system that requires discharges by cruise ships to be as clean as wastewater treated on shore. Cruise ships will be prohibited from dumping wastewater within three miles of the shore unless they can meet the same water quality standards as municipal treatment plants. The rules apply to passenger ships that have at least 500 beds. From the point of view of the cruise ship industry, Maine's initiative will have little impact, said Christine Fischer, spokeswoman for the International Council of Cruise Lines. Fischer said council members, who include more than 90 percent of the cruise market in North America, have already agreed not to discharge wastewater within four miles of the nation's coastline. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to designate Casco Bay as a no-discharge zone this winter, putting the bay off-limits for any sewage discharges from tankers, freighters and cruise ships, as well as any pleasure boats equipped with on-board toilets. Cruise ships brought a record number 45,225 passengers to the port of Portland in 2005. But as the passenger count is going up, the number of visiting cruise ships is going down. Twenty-nine ships stopped in Portland this year, down 45 percent from the peak year of 2001, according to Jeff Monroe, the city's transportation director.
Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

Sekimizu Welcomes Shipper’s Revised Stance on Ballast Water

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has welcomed the reconsideration by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) of its position towards the ratification by

Royal Caribbean to Install Scrubbers on 19 Ships

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) will retrofit 19 of its ships with advanced emissions purification (AEP) systems. These systems, also known as scrubbers, will

NZ Report: Human Error to Blame for Rena Grounding

New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) published its final report into the grounding of containership Rena in October 2011. The TAIC’s

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1860 sec (5 req/sec)