Friday, January 27, 2012

Cruisin for Pollution

Wonder why the environmentalists are so concerned about the Concordia cruise ship that's grounded on it's side near an Italian reef? Wonder no more. Ships don't use what many of us consider normal fuel. They use inferior fuel that's cheap although some of that will change with new fuel standards this year.
"A lot of them burn what's called bunker-C and it's so dirty and it's so black and it's so awful, they have to heat it until they can get it to the point where they can move it around the pipes. It's like tar," said Elizabeth Gilpin, an air resources associate for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
And beyond just the fuel leaks what about the garbage and sewage that is still about the vessel?
In a single day, the federal Environmental Protection Agency estimates passengers aboard a typical cruise ship will generate: •21,000 gallons of sewage •One ton of garbage •170,000 gallons of wastewater from sinks, showers and laundry •More than 25 pounds of batteries, fluorescent lights, medical wastes and expired chemicals •Up to 6,400 gallons of oily bilge water from engines •Four plastic bottles per passenger - about 8,500 bottles per day
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