The 52nd RAMOGE Agreement Commission meeting was held on Tuesday, February 11, in Monaco, at which the French, Italian and Monegasque delegations examined the progress of the Agreement’s activities for the 2019-2020 biennium under its Italian presidency.

In 2020 RAMOGE will carry out a number of major projects, including the preparation of the new deep-sea exploration campaign in the summer of 2020, as well as carrying out a much-awaited study on the environmental impact of cruise ships.

Some cruise ships are more polluting than entire cities, according to numerous sources. An undercover investigation by the BBC’s Channel 4 Dispatches revealed that one of Britain’s biggest cruise ships emits as many “ultra-fine particle” pollution as a million vehicles in a day.

The sustainable transport group Transport & Environment claims that Carnival Corporation ships emitted nearly 10 times more SOx around European coasts than did all 260 million European cars in 2017. Royal Caribbean is estimated to have emitted four times more than the total European car fleet, and yet research into the problem has not been followed by public outrage.

In addition, the Ramoge Agreement will shortly launch a new edition of its “RAMOGE – Man and the Sea” photo competition.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Monaco Government Press Service PHOTO: A cruise ship emits poisonous fumes off Spanish coast The Olive Press