According to the Environmental Protection Agency, an average cruise ship generates more than seven million gallons of sewage a year. For the global cruise ship fleet, that adds up to well over a billion gallons a year.
Yet by law ships can still dump raw sewage if they’re more than three nautical miles from shore. And almost 40 percent of cruise ships we surveyed still rely on 35-year-old waste treatment technology, leaving sewage with high levels of fecal matter, bacteria, heavy metals and other contaminants harmful to aquatic life and people.
Since some cruise lines won’t install the most advanced sewage treatment technology available, it is time for the E.P.A. to crack down and stop allowing the cruise industry to use our oceans as a toilet.
Oceans & Vessels Program Director
Friends of the Earth
352,670,000,000,000,000,000 gallons in the oceans
Or, roughly and around and about you understand, 352,670,000,000 times more than the volume of that sewage if they just dump it all straight overboard. Some of which will be flushing water and so on. 0.00000000028% or something.
Sure, we don’t want it inshore or anything but out at sea? And are we certain that this is less than the amount of whale shit out there anyway?
Uranium in seawater is some 3 parts per billion. This is an order of magnitude smaller than that….