Cruise Ships - Toxic Waste on the High Seas

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More than twenty million people go on cruises each year. Cruise ships burn heavy oil full of pollutants, which are emitted unfiltered into the atmosphere. It does not have to be this way. If the vessels burned diesel instead, the emissions would be significantly reduced, though the fuel costs would rise.


MSC Waste management

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MSC Cruises loves the sea, which is why we care so passionately about environmental safety. Take a look at our waste management systems and you'll see just how much we do to keep our environmental impact to a minimum.


Ship video - Waste disposal vessel Tidy Thames I sailing on the Thames

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A short video of the waste disposal vessel "Tidy Thames I" passing North Greenwich on the River Thames.


World's biggest ship breaking yard

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Ship breaking is one of the most hazardous jobs in the world because most ships are used to carry radioactive materials, toxic wastes, extremely poisonous chemicals and oil. Not only does it directly affect the health of the workers, it is an environmental time bomb - as workers strip the ships marooned on the sea shore, there is severe contamination of the sea bed, eventually seeping into the marine food chain. We visit the world's biggest ship breaking yard, Alang.


Cruise ships use Caribbean Sea as a waste dump

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Under the current Caribbean regulations, ships can begin dumping garbage, including metal, glass and paper, three miles (five kilometres) from shore as long as it is ground to less than an inch. Almost anything but plastic can be dumped beyond 25 miles (40 kilometres).