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Victoria looks at limiting cruise ships over climate concerns

Last Updated Oct 17, 2019 at 12:20 pm PDT

A cruise ship docks in Victoria, B.C. (Courtesy, Facebook: The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority)

Between the amount of garbage they leave behind and their emissions, cruise ships have been criticized

The mayor of Victoria is calling for a crackdown in that city, hoping to limit vessels until they clean up their act

If the city goes ahead with the request, it will be up to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority to limit vessels

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – The cruise ship industry is under pressure to clean up its act when it comes to waste and emissions.

Now, city council in Victoria is set to vote on asking for a cap on the number of vessels visiting the city until the industry addresses those problems

“That Council request that the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority not increase the number of cruise ships coming to Victoria, sign any long-term contracts, or consider home-porting cruise ships until the emissions and waste issues are dealt with to the satisfaction of the City’s Director of Engineering and Public Works,” reads a recommendation by the Mayor and two councillors.

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Any vote by council will not be binding as the decision on any limit of cruise ships would rest with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.

While council says the GVHA has attempted to reduce emissions, it says the industry needs to do more.

“In a climate emergency, the cruise ship industry must act to demonstrate its commitment to a sustainable environment if it is to capture the social licence needed to operate in our city,” reads the report.

Council is set to vote on the motion Thursday.