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‘Spectrum of the Seas’ sparks environmental worries in Phuket

‘Spectrum of the Seas’ sparks environmental worries in Phuket

PHUKET: Relevant officials have been asked to look into the environmental issues of Phuket accepting cruise liners after beach-goers spotted clouds of smoke released by the ‘Spectrum of the Seas’ cruise liner on its regular visit to Patong today (Apr 8).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 8 April 2023, 06:15PM

The ‘Spectrum of the Seas’ was the first cruise liner to arrive in Phuket in 2022 and resume regular trips to the island from Singapore. The  168,666-tonne vessel with to 6,000 passengers and crew returned to Patong this morning but instead of regular exalted cheers provoked environmental worries. 

Foreign tourists and local beach operators noticed thick smoke released by the vessel and were “affected by it”, reports of the ’Spectrum of the Seas’ visit say. 

“There was a lot of criticism as an operator of such a cruise ship should care about possible air pollution,” the reports added. 

According to “preliminary assumptions”, the smoke could be produced by the liner’s kitchen or diesel-powered generators. Regardless, local residents asked relevant officials “to take care of it urgently”.

Thai Residential

It was not specified if the smoke was any different from what the ’Spectrum of the Seas’ or any other liner produced before. 

According to Phuket Immigration, in March the island welcomed 12 cruise liners from abroad plus 79 private yachts. In total 27,316 people were registered as coming to Phuket by sea and passing immigration clearance here.

The top 5 nationalities of marine traffic entries were Singapore (7,986), Malaysia (5,663), United States (3,477), India (1,719) and Indonesia (1,492). 

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JohnC | 09 April 2023 - 09:01:48

Despite what charles thinks I would be much more concerned about what is dumped below out of sight. Having worked on cruise ships operated by dodgy business companies in Asia I've witnessed the environment is not high on their lists of concerns. All ships can legally dump their black water outside set distances to land. Not all of them follow the rules/laws, just like this place.

Kurt | 09 April 2023 - 08:48:43

Todays cruise vessels have excellent environment records. All have a appointed sanitation officer on board. No waste or 'black water' goes overboard. All amounts logged in journals and goes ashore in Singapore ( in this region).  Complaining about clean ships smoke, but not about all the  island busses spouting poisening black smoke? Selective 'upsetness'!

Kakka2 | 09 April 2023 - 08:00:45

funny that if the smoke would come out of some lousy track/car/motorbikes that, is  considered cool around here 

Kakka2 | 09 April 2023 - 07:59:02

Patong beach water is black and that fine now "new normal"...  ?? let worry about the ship instead... 

CaptainJack69 | 09 April 2023 - 03:41:19

Yup, cruise ships run on diesel fuel, this shouldn't come as a surprise. In fact their carbon footprint is huge due to the massive electrical 'hotel' loads they have to support. All those finger buffets and cabaret shows need a lot of electricity. Where do you think it all comes from?

charles | 08 April 2023 - 23:21:46

i think the cruise lines have a better record on environmental reductions than Phuket government will ever have  no black water is pumped from these ships 


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