- Sadiq KhanThe Mayor of London
#Stoppollution from toxic cruise terminal
If plans for the cruise terminal at Greenwich's Enderby Wharf go ahead, a supersized cruise-liner-hotel will chug out toxic fumes from its diesel engines 24 hours a day - 200 days a year - parked up near homes and schools in Greenwich and Tower Hamlets.
According to the developer’s own figures, generators on medium sized cruise ships consume about 700 litres of diesel per hour - that's like having 688 heavy lorries with their engines idling in someone's back garden!
Developers and local government are blatantly ignoring a European directive that says large ships should have access to ship-to-shore electrical power. In other words they should be plugged into the mains, instead of using their engines.
It's vital that:
- Ships have access to ship-to-shore power
- Pollution levels are monitored constantly - and that authorities introduce tough emergency measures when necessary
The terminal could be a great addition to the river, but only if it isn't allowed to spew out toxic fumes. So please SIGN THIS PETITION and SHARE IT on facebook or twitter.
It doesn’t matter if you live nearby, or where you are politically - developers need to know that profit doesn't come before our health.
- The Mayor of London
Dear Mr Mayor
On behalf of the residents of the Isle of Dogs and the Royal Borough of Greenwich, we implore you to introduce measures to mitigate the effects of pollution from the cruise liner terminal at Enderby Wharf.
The application was approved by the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) on 21 July 2015 and given the green light by the Deputy Mayor on 25 August 2015, as he assumed that Greenwich Council had conducted a proper review of the development.
However there are some major flaws in the application. Both the Mayor and RBG wrongly accepted the applicant's assertion that planning consent had been given by 31 March 2012, for ship-side operations, despite the fact plans for the terminal had been greatly expanded to include:
- much larger vessels
- berthing for longer periods in a “turn-around” facility that will use diesel engines to power “hoteling” ships
The 2015 application covers only shore-side development and fails to address concerns over air-quality that have generated enormous public opposition.
Indeed, unaware of the intensity and scale of local opposition, the former Mayor, Boris Johnson, raised concerns over air pollution saying:
“One of the great delusions is that river traffic is in some way more environmentally friendly than others and it simply isn’t. They use colossal diesel engines and we have got to make sure we mitigate the use of cruise ships at Enderby Wharf. Although the funnels will be very high they will be unquestionably adding to NOx and other pollution... "
However, he was under the delusion locals were supportive. As you know, we are far from it.
We have objected to the scheme because plans do not include Onshore Power Supply - the “fit for purpose” mitigation measure for dirty hotelling ships that run their diesel engines for power 24/7.
No one wants a fleet of dirty engines chugging out noxious fumes in their back yard.
In fact Onshore Power Supply, or similar alternatives, will be obligatory under Article 4 of Directive 2014/94/EU by the end of 2025 (if Brexit doesn’t derail it). And European Union grants are now available to fund schemes of this kind.
You yourself have said: “I praise the dogged campaigning of local residents in East Greenwich who are right to be fighting for cleaner air.
Too many lives in London are blighted by filthy, polluted air and we should be doing more to clean it up, not risk making it worse.
I back bringing everyone involved around the table to discuss how a clean solution to this can be found involving an onshore energy supply, and as Mayor I’ll work with residents, the developers, the council and the local MP, Matthew Pennycook, to make this happen.”
We hope this can happen.
If an onshore power supply isn’t feasible (though we still contend that it is) we should at least insist that all ships on the Thames are Tier 3 compliant.†
Polluting vessels shouldn’t be allowed to moor in Greenwich unless they meet Tier 3 emission levels for Nitrogen Oxides (NO and NO2).
After all Enderby Wharf is just one of four new potential pollution sources in Greenwich:
The Low Carbon Energy Centre – a gas fired boiler with a chimney next to the A102 designed to generate hot water for 15,000 Knight Dragon homes on the peninsular.
Greenwich Power station – once refurbished it will have six new gas powered reciprocating engines to provide electricity for London Underground.
Silvertown tunnel – which will bring additional vehicles and pollution to the peninsula.
Experts claim nearly 9,500 of us die each year because of complications caused by emissions.
It’s unconscionable that Greenwich councillors and developers, Barratt London working with Morgan Stanley, be able to make that any worse.
Local residents from both Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs
† Tier 3 came into effect January 2016.
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