Cruise Ships Leave Behind a Stink for Cairns Residents

By ,   October 24, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Residents living opposite Port of Cairns kick up a stink over ship funnel emissions.

Wharf Street residents call for better control of the fumes from cruise ship smoke stacks.

Piermonde Apartments residents Belinda and Patrick Peck said a change in wind direction in the past two months had forced them to keep their windows shut.

She said they and their neighbours were fans of the ships coming into the port and the visitors that they brought.

Mrs Peck and her neighbours have resorted to wearing breathing apparatus when venturing on to their balconies.

She said there had to be a way for cruise ships visiting the terminal to limit their emissions.

P&O Cruises spokesman David Jones said the company had not received any complaints about the emissions coming from its ships.

“P&O Cruises is not aware of any issues or concerns about ship operations there which of course comply with all regulatory guidelines,” he said.

“We have been gratified by the support of the Cairns and district community for the economic benefit that cruise tourism is injecting locally.”

P&O currently injects AUD 6 million annually into the Cairns economy.