Residents: Idling Cruise Ships Choking Brooklyn

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The Queen Mary 2 and other cruise ships that call Brooklyn home apparently aren’t good neighbors.

1010 WINs’ Al Jones reports

Red Hook residents complain the ships at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal keep their diesel engines running to generate electricity which in turn pollutes the air for hours at a time making it difficult to breathe for some.

“You can smell the air right now, we have an overlay of diesel in the air,” one man said.

“If you drive over the Brooklyn Bridge on certain days you actually see the plume going into the air,” another man said.

Local lawmakers are calling on the city, state and utilities to find a clean air alternative and make available on-shore power and electricity to ships so that they can plug into an electrical grid at the port rather than sit idling.

“They spew noxious diesel fumes into the air the entire time they’re here,” State Sen. Daniel Squadron said.

Squadron said the money is there to supply the power to the ships but after nearly two years of negotiations it’s the maintenance and operating costs that have choked off a solution.

 “It’s time to stop choking Brooklyn,” Squadron said.

 “We’ve had two years of idling ships, and idling negotiations. We have a tremendous opportunity to make a real difference in the health of our communities, and the sustainability of our port. We want an agreement before the next ship comes in,” Councilmember Brad Lander said.

Lander said a cruise ship docked at port with its diesel engine running emits as much pollution as thousands of idling cars.

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  • Paul Kohloff

    Give them all paddels ,if the libs had their way we would all be walking,of course they wouldn’t, they never practice what they preach,al gore is a prime example.hipacrats

  • Barre Flynn

    Dear 1010 wins, Can you please stop your invasive ads especially the ones for Ford. I am not in the market for a car as is most everyone else here. I am going to find another place for news.

  • Joe Bone

    Hey, we’ll take the ships over in Jersey. It’s good for business. If the cruise ships leave, then Brooklyn becomes just a bunch of muggers and liberals.


    Both Sal and Amy are correct !! BUT ,,ALL DIRTY FUMES TO BROOKLYN … NOT QUEENS!!!

    • Norman Cox

      Cruise ships are generally dirtier than cargo ships – they have to generate a lot more power while sitting in port. Anyway, this is more than just an economic issue – the pollution from the dirty fuel used in idling ships causes innumerable health problems which has a far higher impact on the welfare of our citizens than the relatively modest cost of providing the infrastructure for shore power.

  • Amy Cizenski

    Is it really worth millions of dollars to remove pollution caused by fairly new ships that are in the area for only a few days a year compared to the old cargo ships that fill the NY harbor 24-hrs a day, 365 days a year?

  • Sal Bulkemo

    What about all the ships in Newark and Bayonne? Wouldn’t their dirty fumes still blow straight into Brooklyn?

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