First assignment of group n° 033
Resources used by the team
First description of our project
First description of our project's idea
Get green : the evolution of cruise ships
1. What Problem do you want to solve ?
How to lower the ecological disaster of cruise ships.
2. Why does this problem exist?
Mass tourism is getting more and more important, and this also concerns the sea tourism. Indeed, the number of cruise tourists has risen from 7.6%, which lead to a growing number of cruise boats in the sea (today, 300 cruise ships are navigating). Thes phenomenon is planned to grow : it is estimated that at the end of the 21st century, there will be about 13 million passengers just in Europe.
Also, cruise boats are bigger and bigger and require more and more fuel to function. Furthermore, their engines don't have filters for particles and the fuel they need is very heavy and a high polluting. Liquid waste of the cruise ships are often thrown away in the sea. That way, both water and air are contaminated by these boats and because of sea winds, this also pollutes coasts.
Finally, cruise ships are also a cause of harbour pollution as they have to stay on even there to have electricity and all the supplies it needs ( déchets (indeed, we saw that the Marseille harbour have had a few problems due to cruise ships pollution).
3. What breakthrough are you commited to creating?
To solve this issue, we are commited to create a new label of ecological cruise ships provided with improvments as regards current boats such as a better engine filter and more ecological fuels (sustainable energies, electricity ...), rules to handle waste, a solution to stop consumming fuel while staying at the harbour ...
Potential experts already identified
Patrice Borie, sea transport ingeneer, very likely to be involved in the project
Colette Poujade, cruise tourist, very likely
France nature environnement, environmental NGO, likely
Malek Mghazli, boats constructor at Fairline Morocco, likely