Urban Sustainability

Cruise Ships

An average cruise ship travelling in BC waters carries 3,000 passengers and crew, making each ship virtually a floating town — complete with all the waste, sewage, and pollution that any town produces.

Each year, about 300 cruise ship trips travel between BC and Alaska, carrying about a million people and over 12,000 crewmembers. Cruise ships ply the waters of Georgia Strait and the Inside Passage with their emissions and discharges largely unmonitored and their wastewater virtually untreated.

This industry has grown quickly. Its environmental impacts are already significant, and they will continue to worsen unless stronger regulations are enacted.

Cruise ship

Photo by John Buchanan

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