NYC Comptroller Takes Aim At Cruise Ship Pollution


FINALLY HERE AT 5:00, THE BOOMING CRUISE SHIP INDUSTRY IN THE CITY HAS SOME CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO THE AIR WE BREATHE. VANESSA MURDOCK HAS MORE NOW ON A PUSH TO POWER SHIPS AT PORT FROM SHORE. Reporter: CHOPPER 2 GLIDES OVER MANHATTAN EN ROUTE TO THE CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL ON THE WEST SIDE. IN PORT AT PIER 88 THE NORWEGIAN GEM, ONE OF HUNDREDS OF CRUISE SHIPS THAT FIND SAFE HARBOR IN THE CITY BEFORE HEADING OUT TO SEA. MOST LEAVE FROM MANHATTAN, BUT SOME FROM REDHOOK, BROOKLYN. LAST YEAR 214 CRUISE SHIPS DOCKED IN OUR CITY. AND WHEN THEY DOCK, THEY KEEP THE ENGINES RUNNING. Reporter: IT’S A BIG POLLUTION PROBLEM AND ONE THAT IS LIKELY TO GET WORSE. THE NY CRUISE EXPANSION INCLUDES FIXING DOCKS TO MAKE WAY FOR MORE VESSELS, BIGGER ONES TOO. A SHIP IDLING FOR ONE DAY EMITS AS MUCH EXHAUST AT 34,000 TRACTOR-TRAILERS. I THINK THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE STRICT RULES ON WHAT CRUISE SHIPS CAN DO WHEN THEY ARE HERE. Reporter: MIA JOSEPH OWNS SULLIVAN STREET BAKERY, LIVES IN HELL’S KITCHEN, IS RAISING HER DAUGHTER HERE. I AM ALL FOR INCREASING TOURISM BUT IF IT COMES WITH A COST OF OUR KIDS GETTING ASTHMA AND OUR NEIGHBORS GETTING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND CANCER, THAT’S NOT OKAY. Reporter: ADDS SHE WAS THRILLED TO LEARN ABOUT SCOTT STRINGER’S LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE CITY’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OR EDC. THE LETTER READS IN PART, COMMUNITIES BORDERING THE CRUISE SHIP PIERS HAVE HAD TO SUFFER THE IMPACT OF THEIR PROXIMITY TO THE SOURCE OF POLLUTION FOR TOO LONG. RATHER THAN KEEP THE ENGINES IDLE, KEEP THE ENGINES RUNNING, YOU WOULD BASICALLY PLUG INTO A SYSTEM THAT ESSENTIALLY WOULD STOP THIS POLLUTION. Reporter: IN RESPONSE THE EDC TELLS US THAT ADDRESSING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS OF SHIPS AT PORT IS A PRIORITY. A FEASIBILITY STUDY SHOULD BEGIN SOON TO EXPLORE EXPANDING SHORE POWER CONNECTIONS.

4 thoughts on “NYC Comptroller Takes Aim At Cruise Ship Pollution

  1. We have to many cars that cause pollution let alone one ship that takes the place of 36,000 cars . Sounds to me like not only should it not be allowed in the city but with the amount of pollution does send out . Why are these ships legal at all . Because people don't want to fly . Or drive . Ships such as this are nothing more then vessels that will lead to a dead planet . Ban them all .

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