The above article link shows a concern by a group in Victoria BC who worry about cruise ship emissions while docked in Victoria.
The group is like any other lobby group who are a few but state they represent the majority in the area.
Some of their points are valid, as in "that ships should use low-sulphur fuel when cruising in our water and in port".. One cannot argue that things get improved by making your point to politicians and companies but all should be done in a joint cooperative manner.
From this authors (RobBar) perspective the majority of cars in James Bay are due to locals and visitors wanting to park then walk, fly kites, walk their dogs around our lovely waterfront which extends from downtown all the way past the docks and on to Oak Bay.
The quoted: " a better way to move cruise-ship passengers from Ogden Point to downtown than a parade of buses and taxis." is interesting as this week I watched a line of taxis (40) waiting for passengers and every few minutes, one was loaded with 3 - 4 passengers but the taxis (about 35 ) were Toyota Prius which is a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) .
Yes, we use tour buses but the buses are around only for about the first hour ship is docked till they return, leaving rest of day quiet. It happens that local bus companies which travel up-island or to Vancouver use the area also as a parking area as their space is limited downtown.
We do have horse carriages which visitors enjoy and staff who pick up any droppings on the road. Two companies in Victoria that offer tours from the docks and / or downtown (in walking distance). Horse Drawn Carriage Tours Victoria BC Vancouver Island - Tally-Ho Sightseeing - Horse Drawn Victoria Carriage Tours and Victoria Carriage Tours
It might seem like we have ships in every day but the published schedule shows it is mainly the weekend we get three - four ships docked at same time and normally from about 6pm to midnight while the rest of the week we might have about four - six ships spread over the other five days.
The main cruise companies do on board recycling and at major ports these items are offloaded to hired business's whose specialty is to handle these sources including waste water where applicable and per International Guidelines.
A lot of these ships are gas turbine / electric with others a fuel oil/ electric and while in port run one engine sufficient to power a generator to allow power at the dock while in Vancouver and Alaska your ship if converted can now hook up to a local source electrical power grid.
I'm not suggesting all is perfect but cruise lines who want to maintain their business are seeking ways to improve with local authorities and the author of the linkCruise ships 'major source' of fumes in Victoria does indicate politicians and our local harbour authority working towards guidelines called the .Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy.
We need to always ensure a balance between tourism and local needs as otherwise those of us who live here and enjoy our amenities might get a very large surprise in our taxation bills.
We are a quiet city for seven - eight months of the year and hope our cruise ship passengers will return during these months to spend more time in our city and area.
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