Pollution by London ferries is equal to carbon emission by hundreds of vehicles

Published on : Monday, June 25, 2018

London ferriesThe ferries in London used by commuters and tourists in London city are spewing out pollution equivalent to hundreds of buses and trucks every day. The carbon emission by the London ferries creates the massive air pollution. But these are not enough policed by new emission regulations.

 

 

While on the contrary, the cruise ships docking at places like Tower Bridge pump out as much toxic nitrogen oxide gases and particulates as nearly 700 lorries each.

 

 

These passenger and tourists vessels – alongside the tour boats, container ships and tugs that use the river every day – can use filthy fuel and engines because they operate under the same rules as trawlers in the North Sea. The boats can therefore emit up to 100 times the level of Sulphur oxide gases (SOx) permitted for cars, vans and buses. These lax standards mean river traffic is far from complying with the targets set by London’s low emission zone, let along the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) coming into force next year. The decades of reform have seen increasingly tight regulations placed on cars and vans, culminating in the London mayor’s ULEZ – which will stretch to the North and South Circular roads by 2021.

 

 

While the contribution of tourist boats to the air pollution crisis of London is small compared to that of road vehicles, campaigners and experts have warned that river traffic is being left behind – despite the threat it poses to Londoners living near the River Thames.

 

 

Some London boats, such as the Thames Clippers – high-speed catamarans that carry commuters and sightseers – use gasoil with SOx levels comparable with those found in road diesel. Compared to a truck operating under the latest European diesel standards, the figure is closer to 20 times higher.

 

 

The measures like ULEZ are intended to keep vehicles that do not meet the strictest emissions standards out of the city. The data suggests 9,500 Londoners currently die prematurely every year due to air pollution, and scientists say the lethal cocktail of gases and particles is having far-reaching effects.

 

 

A Department for Transport spokesperson in London said that the shipping in London is an international industry, so it is entirely appropriate that there is a global approach to regulating shipping through the IMO. Belgium now has a hydrogen powered river craft operating (hydroville), and the Netherlands and other European inland waterways are increasingly electrifying river traffic.

 

 

A switch to low-sulphur fuel combined with particulate filter and emission-reducing catalysts would virtually abolish air pollution from boats being used in cities, which are working for daily commuting and tourism.

 

 

Related Posts

Tags: , , ,


(No Like Yet)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

arrow2Follow TTW
 
facebook-logo  twitter-logo  LinkedIn_logo  stumbleupon-logo   rss_logo 
ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo

ADVERTISEMENT

  • 14 Hotelierseries Africa 2019
  • 14 restaurantscafeslounges 19
  • 16 global-hotels-resorts 2019
  • 19 uzakrota London 2019
  • 20 seatradecruis 2019
  • 20 uzakrota Istanbul 2019
  • 21 TheHotelShowSaudiArabia 2019
  • 22 Africa Hotel Investment Forum 2019
  • 22 DRT SHOW India 2019
  • 22 iitm 2020
  • 22 summitasia 2019
  • 22 TTME 2019
  • 23 PTM 2019
  • 30 PATA

TRAVEL INDUSTRY EVENTS

    1. SAHIC

      September 16 - September 17
    2. THE HOTEL SHOW DUBAI

      September 17 - September 19
    3. THE LEISURE SHOW

      September 17 - September 19
    4. TAAPE

      September 19 - September 21
    5. IITM Delhi

      September 20 - September 22
Get our toolbar!
Review www.travelandtourworld.com on alexa.com