By the Numbers - Oceana USA

By the Numbers

Each day, cruise ships generate an astonishing amount of pollution:

– 25,000 gallons of sewage from toilets

– 143,000 gallons of sewage from sinks, galleys and showers

– Seven tons of garbage and solid waste

– 15 gallons of toxic chemicals

– 7,000 gallons of oily bilge water

– More than 200 cruise ships carry millions of passengers to ports around the globe each year

– From 2000-2003, cruise embarkations increased by 1.83 million, a 23 percent increase over the three-year period

– In 2003, U.S. ports handled an estimated 7.1 million cruise embarkations, an increase of 9.4 percent from 2002