State ports, such as Palma, are in the hands of Madrid but the Balearic government has got to get a grip on the cruise industry.

On Sunday, I was in, still very quiet Illetas and from where my friends and I were sitting we watched in amazement as huge plumes of thick black smoke were being pumped up into the skies above the capital by cruise ships in port.

As the crow flies, I estimated we were about ten miles away and the beautiful clear blues skies over Palma were being polluted by the cruise ships.

I know the Balearic government, with mounting support of the local population, especially those who live and work in Palma, want to introduce tough controls on the number of cruise ships and passengers in port at any one time, but Madrid, which is where the vast majority of the profit from the cruise industry ends up, not Palma, has the final say.
Bordeaux, for example, as I learnt on Sunday, is to ban all non-electric powered cruise ships within the next two years.

While Bordeaux does not handle the mega liners which visit Palma, it does have a lot of cruise traffic and, just like Palma, the local authorities and residents have had enough and action has been taken.

And, with Mediterranean cruise holidays becoming constantly cheaper, I am sure Majorca could survive without them.


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Thomas Cook / Hace over 2 years

I think you in the Balearic Islands should release from Spain just like Catalonia!

Madrid looks to run a Franco economy! (I.e. "./.. but Madrid, which is where the vast majority of the profit from the cruise industry ends up, not Palma, has the final say."



John Smith / Hace over 2 years

The Convention and the directive contain specific restrictions on the maximum permissible sulfur content of ship fuel, which from 2012 will be 3.5 percent and apply globally.

From 2020, the sulfur content in marine fuels may only be 0.5 per cent. In addition, stricter rules will apply to the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel, which are sulfur control areas (SECA) decided by the IMO. SECA is also found along the coasts of North America and Puerto Rico. It can only use fuels with a sulfur content of up to 0.10 per cent as of 2015.

One of the main arguments for the stricter sulfur requirements is that, according to a Danish study, the emissions from ships cause upwards of 50000 premature deaths in Europe.

So, 0.10 percent (2015) in the Protestant countries and 3.5 percent (2012) in the Catholic countries.


What's the matter with you? Are you Arabs? Africans?


MelB / Hace over 2 years

Humphrey Carter’s editorials are always far better than those of Mr. Moore. Could it be that he actually thinks about what he writes and does not just regurgitate past items?


RA Local / Hace over 2 years

At last an intelligent comment. But why can’t you persuade Mr Moore to agree with you?