The Port Authority in Málaga is being urged to encourage visiting vessels to adopt clean technology. Proposals have been made for installing a device which measures the quality of the air in the cruise terminal, and for rewarding operators of low emission vessels.
Málaga Town Hall wants the Authority to implement zero emission technologies on ships in general and cruise liners in particular which connect to the national grid when at berth in the city. It is being suggest that those which can show they are reducing pollution of the atmosphere and the sea be awarded a ten per cent reduction on their mooring charges as a means of encouraging shipping lines and private owners to become more environmentally friendly.
Estimates have suggested that 15 of the largest ships in the world emitted as much air pollution as 760 million vehicles because the vessels use fossil fuels for propulsion. Heavy oil for example contains high amounts of sulphur, heavy metals and other toxic waste. In addition to carbon dioxide, such ships emit high levels of sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate material, regarded as being highly hazardous to human health.
The Port of Málaga is the fifth busiest for cruise liners in Spain, and second on the mainland, with 296 moorings in 2018 bringing 506,00 visitors to the city. The city’s Council and the Port Authority aim to double these numbers in the coming years, but say tourism and climate must “interact and work hand in hand.”