Monterey-bound Celebrity Cruises gets poor environmental grade.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Celebrity Cruises, the only cruise line that plans to call in Monterey this year, will deliver boatloads full of tourists to spend the day in town when it sails from Vancouver to San Diego twice in September.
But the company could also bring along unwanted pollution. That's according to Friends of the Earth, which has released its 2010 Cruise Ship Enviromental Report Card.
FOE gives the company an overall D-, with an A in sewage treatment (companies that have installed advanced sewage treatment systems get good grades) and an F in air pollution reduction. The cruise ship company runs its engines when docked instead of retrofitting ships to take advantage of electrical grids in ports that have them, like Los Angeles, Juneau, Seattle and Vancouver, BC.
Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) says that the report underscores the need for regulation in the industry. He's introduced HR 3888, the Clean Cruise Ship Act to regulate where and how the ships dump waste water.