Open letter to Hansjöerg Kunze, Vice President PR & Communication, Costa Cruises

Dumping of sewage waste into the Baltic Sea

2015-09-04

To Hansjöerg Kunze


Dear Hansjöerg,
 
After learning that it is common practice for cruise ships to empty their septic tanks into the Baltic sea I am chocked.
Cruise ships in the Baltic produce hundreds of millions liters of sewage annually and the majority seems to be intentionally, not accidentially, flushed into the sea. This cannot be compatible with any sustainability practices as there are better options available.

There are free services for handling septic waste in many Baltic ports: Stockholm, Tallinn, and Helsinki to mention a few. Cruise lines should plan routes to take advantage of these facilities instead of dumping excrements and waste in open water. 

If your company is to make a profit from cruises on our beloved Baltic sea, you should act responsibly and take care of your waste like you do with any other trash.

The Baltic sea is a bad state already and the sewage dumped from large cruise ships damages the fragile ecosystem even further. Sewage is a contributing factor to blooming algae.

Cruise ships that dump sewage in the Baltic should not be welcome as the environmental impact is too big to accept in this sensitive environment.

Can you assure me that your company's ships will always use the free sewage treating services in ports to keep the Baltic clean?

I am looking forward to your response.

Kind regards,

Mikael Sjövall

Helsingfors, Finland

Sluta dumpa toalettavfall i Östersjön

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