Whilst Maltese drivers are awaiting the announcement of a cut-off date for the start of importation of electric-powered vehicles with the aim of reducing pollution, the situation regarding pollution by ships is totally different.
The ERA believes the level of pollution from vessels in Malta is the same as in other European countries, and out of a total of 118 inspections carried out by the Maltese authorities on vessels during 2017, only one vessel was found to have had higher levels of sulphur than permitted by law.
What Birzebbugia residents are experiencing on a regular basis, however, possibly does not reflect these statistics. Residents who spoke with TVM are upset at the amount of black smoke being frequently discharged by ships entering the Freeport.
Video footage and photographs are being posted on social media nearly every week by persons close to the bay who see the vessels emitting substantial amounts of smoke.
TVM sent questions to Transport Malta and to the Regulator for Energy and Water Services regarding the number of inspections carried out this year on ships at the Freeport, and about how many of these had registered higher emissions than permitted by law.
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