Palma town hall held talks with the Balearic Ports Authority over the issues of cruise ships calling at the local port.
Cruise liners that empty the water from their pools when in Port Palma de Mallorca had led to 6 contamination warnings since 2010, the Spanish government announced.
The cause of the environmental fears is the solar cream used by bathers. When Palma’s major port is viewed from the sky, slicks of suncream were spotted in the sea on at least 6 occasions, the last one on July 8, 2019, according to experts.
Marine experts pointed the finger at sunshine-loving Brits and stated that the lotion - an essential protector against skin cancers - was killing off sea life. The Ministry of Health insists that there has been no danger to people's health. However, some experts said it was creating pollution for marine life on the shores.
The Ministry of Development confirmed the discharges were due to large amounts of cosmetics, in particular, sun creams, that were mixed with the water of the swimming pools. Once detected, the cruise ship causing the stain must be inspected in the port.
Earlier this month, more than 10,000 people signed a petition calling for a ban on mega cruise ships.