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Big problems with big boats

April 24, 2009

There’s something about boats and ships that makes us think of them as non-polluting and relatively harmless things. You don’t see many  pressure groups calling for boat emissions to be reduced or a public outcry against container ships.

As it turns out, we should perhaps take another look.

“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.”

The Guardian – April 9th- 2009

Posted by Ed Cotton

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