Poisoning our oceans, by Mohamed Larbi Bouguerra (Le Monde diplomatique


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In November 2021 the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, completed constructing the 362m-long Surprise of the Seas for Royal Carribbean, which owns the biggest of the world’s big cruise ships. After becoming out in Marseilles, it entered service this February with a crew of two,300 and lodging for 7,000 passengers.

These giants aren’t welcome in every single place. In August 2021 cruise ships with greater than 200 passengers have been banned from the historic centre of Venice: they have been polluting the San Marco basin and Giudecca canal, and eroding town’s foundations.

But the business grew by 66% over the ten years earlier than the pandemic, with 30 million passengers in 2019. Over 2020 and 2021, passenger numbers fell by greater than 80%. They’re now recovering though on 3 January 2022 a Canary Islands cruise with 4,000 German passengers ended early after an outbreak of Covid among the many crew stranded the ship in Lisbon for 5 days. The Cruise Strains Worldwide Affiliation (CLIA) had insisted in June 2021 that cruises have been nonetheless ‘one of many most secure trip choices on the earth’.

However what about environmental injury? One of many worst sorts is brought on by cruise ships — the microplastics they launch — and it’s among the many least seen. These plastic particles, lower than 5mm (…)

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Mohamed Larbi Bouguerra

Mohamed Larbi Bouguerra is a member of the Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Beit el Hikma, Carthage.

(1Cruise Strains Worldwide Affiliation, ‘State of the Cruise Trade Outlook Report’ 2019 and 2022.

(2Mikkoula Oula, ‘Estimating microplastic concentrations and hundreds in cruise ship gray waters’, Grasp’s thesis, Aalto College, 2020.

(3Guyu Peng, Baile Xu and Daoji Li, ‘Grey water from ships: a major sea-based supply of microplastics?’, Environmental Science & Expertise, vol 56, no 4-7, 2022.

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