VALLETTA — In Malta, residents of a historic town are fighting emissions from a neighbouring shipyard. At the center of their struggle is the world's largest shipping company. 'Particulate matters' investigation looks into this and proves that more asthma cases are diagnosed in the district where the shipyard is located.
In the tiny EU member state Malta lies the crown jewel of a seafaring nation: the Grand Harbour, a bustling port steeped in history. A shipyard located in the harbour’s historic towns is cause for concern for many of the residents who live there. The shipyard, jointly owned by Palumbo Shipyard and MSC Cruises, carries out industrial activity in an area which is just metres away from people’s homes.
Collective pleas for stricter regulations and enforcement have largely fallen on deaf ears. Information about the extent of the problem is scarce because there is no comprehensive analysis of the shipyard’s impact on people’s health and the environment. Complaints have intensified since MSC Cruises, a subsidiary of Swiss shipping giant MSC, began servicing its cruise ships in the shipyard.
In the course of our cross-border investigation, we show how pollution from cruise ships has increased, what health impacts the shipyard has on residents, and why official measurements of air pollution are insufficient. A perfect case study for what happens when authorities turn a blind eye to the shipping industry’s massive environmental impact.
- Revealed: Open-Source Data Shows Increase In Palumbo Shipyard Traffic After Rushed, Secretive Merger With MSC Cruises, LovinMalta, 14/10/2023
- Shipyard Owners Talk Up Commitment To Environment, Environment Ministry Goes Silent: Here’s How The Authorities Responded To Our Questions, LovinMalta, 14/10/2023
- Cruise ships in the backyard, REFLEKT, Das Magazin, 12/10/2023
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