Ocean Going Vessels

Ship Pollution Across the Ocean

Large ocean-going vessels – cargo and container ships, cruise ships, and oil tankers – are one of the fastest growing, least-regulated sources of air pollution in the United States. As more consumer goods are imported from Asia, cargo shipping is expected to double or even triple by 2020 – especially in high-traffic ports such as Oakland, Los Angeles and New York/New Jersey. Cruise ship passenger capacity has doubled in 20 years and continues to expand rapidly. As marine traffic increases, so does the threat to our oceans, marine life, and public health.

Updated: The EPA has requested comments in regards to a proposed rulemaking on these types of engines. This has given Friends of the Earth the opportunity to spell out the need for regulation in order to curb pollution from these large ships.

Read our comments (PDF)


California Senators Co-Sponsor Bill to Slash Ship Smokestack Pollution

shipFriends of the Earth supports the Marine Vessel Emissions Reduction Act of 2007 introduced by California Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein (S.1499) that would require all ships calling on U.S. ports to use cleaner marine fuels and engines to cut air pollution that harms public health and the environment. This bill is needed because no action has been taken to revise federal and global standards for large ocean going vessel ship emissions.

Press ReleaseFoE's Written TestimonyFact SheetQ & A about the Marine Vessel Emissions Reduction Act


Friends of the Earth Sues EPA over Smokestack Pollution

Friends of the Earth is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to meet a deadline to regulate air pollution from large ships. EPA recently postponed indefinitely its commitment to set emissions standards for ship engines.

Press Release