Maritime Industry / May 14, 2019 / -- According to an undercover report released on January 24, 2019, cruise ships produce significant amounts of air pollution, so much so that they could endanger the health and safety of passengers and crew. If anything, this highlights the need for cruise ships to have commercial air filtration systems that purify the air in common areas and cabins inside the ship.
Why Air Quality on Cruise Ships Is So Bad
The report, titled “An investigation of air pollution on the decks of 4 cruise ships,” also brought attention to the effect that air pollution from cruise ships have on communities near ports. Over a two-year period, researchers monitored the air quality on the decks of four cruise ships, discovering that concentrations of particulate matter (PM) were comparable to the PM levels in countries with the worst air pollution, including Beijing, China and Santiago, Chile.
According to Ryan Kennedy, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and report’s co-authors, ship exhaust contains a toxic cocktail of airborne pollutants, including metal compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, many of which contain cancer-causing properties.
Cruise Ships Are Not the Only Reason to Install Commercial High Efficiency Air Filters
“These airborne pollutants are dangerous to human health, to say the least,” notes Camfil USA’s Charlie Seyffer, Manager of Marketing & Technical Materials for commercial air filters and 37-year ASHRAE member and active committee participant. “The worst offender is perhaps fine particulate matter, which is small and light enough to stay suspended in the air for hours, increasing their likelihood of being inhaled.”
About Camfil US
For over 50 years, Camfil USA has manufactured commercial air filtration systems specifically designed to address the air quality issues of airports, commercial buildings, industrial facilities, maritime facilities, and healthcare sites among others. To learn about our commercial air filtration systems for the maritime industry, contact Camfil USA or visit their catalog.
Camfil is one of the most global air filtration specialists in the world with 26 production units and R&D centers in four countries in the Americas, Europe, South East Asia and the Asia-Pacific region.
For more clean air solutions using commercial HEPA filter air purifiers, commercial high efficiency air filters, or HEPA air filtration systems, visit the Camfil USA Clean Air Blog.
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