New London Cruise Ship Terminal Faces High-Court Challenge Over Emissions Concerns

Monday April 4, 2016

A proposed terminal for mid-size cruise ships on the UK's Thames River, green-lighted by mayor Boris Johnson last July, now faces a high-court challenge from local residents.

Plans for a Greenwich, London cruise terminal have suffered criticism over air and noise pollution, although local media reports indicate that the Mayor's office has confirmed it was "satisfied with measures put in place by the Royal Borough to ensure robust monitoring of air quality,"

The lack of shore power for the new terminal seems to be one of the biggest grips, with local press reports noting several other cruise terminals are equipped with the technology, including Juneau, Seattle, Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.

Residents in Greenwich also say the planning permission for the proposed cruise terminal has not yet included a health feasibility study.

The facility, set to be constructed at Enderby Wharf on the Greenwich peninsula, will reportedly be completed by 2017 and will be able to handle up to 60 cruise ships a year, accommodating vessels up to 240 metres long with an eight metre draught.

The latest facility would give the Thames three cruise terminals.

In August of 2015 Ship & Bunker reported that a critic of the new facility said that people will "look back in amazement" at the decision to allow it to operate in "such a polluting way when far less polluting alternatives are available."