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Health Risks from Shipping Pollution

Original post made by Sharon on Apr 10, 2009


One giant container ship can emit almost the same amount of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50m cars, study findsWeb Link

"Confidential data from maritime industry insiders based on engine size and the quality of fuel typically used by ships and cars shows that just
15 of the world's biggest ships may now emit as much pollution as all the world's 760m cars.

Low-grade ship bunker fuel (or fuel oil) has up to 2,000 times the sulphur content of diesel fuel used in US and European automobiles.------

85% of all ship pollution is in the northern hemisphere.


Pollution from the world's 90,000 cargo ships leads to 60,000 deaths a year in the US alone and costs up to $330bn per year in health costs from lung and heart diseases.

Comments (3)

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 10, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

How many people would starve without maritime trade? How much pollution is avoided because of the efficiency of the giant container ships?


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 10, 2009 at 5:29 pm


Everything involves a cost/benefit analysis and trade off, but the new Chinese mega tankers burn filthy sludge with no pollution controls


"Shipping emissions have escalated in the past 15 years as China has emerged as the world's manufacturing capital.
A new breed of intercontinental container ship has been developed which is extremely cost-efficient.
However, it uses diesel engines as powerful as land-based power stations but with the lowest quality fuel."

The use of these fuels is banned within 230 miles of the US coast, they switch to cleaner fuels.

We have reduced the pollution by cars in the US by 95+% in the last 35yrs, what is the point if China is building and selling these pollution factories that wipe out the gains?


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 11, 2009 at 4:05 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

I guess I'm weird, but the smell of bunker C is pleasantly reminiscent of my steam engine days.


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