Air pollution - Enderby Wharf, Greenwich

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A constituent has asked what steps the Greater London Authority (GLA) is taking to mitigate the impact of diesel emissions from ships that will be docking at the proposed cruise liner terminal at Enderby Wharf in east Greenwich. For example, will a shore side power supply be required by planning condition?


Answer for Air pollution - Enderby Wharf, Greenwich

Answer for Air pollution - Enderby Wharf, Greenwich

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The main pollutant emission of concern from cruise ships is sulphur dioxide (SO2). It is understood that ships using the Enderby Wharf terminal will be complying with international, national and local emissions legislation, which is enforced and policed by the Maritime Coastguard Agency in the UK. The Enderby Wharf terminal is within the Sulphur Emissions Control Area (SECA) and therefore ships using this terminal will be burning low sulphur emissions, i.e. less than 0.1% as per current legislation.

The possibility of using shore power at the Enderby Wharf Cruise Terminal has been considered. However, the layout of the proposed development would mean that the prevailing south-westerly winds in London would not normally take emissions from the liners to the nearest sensitive receptors, located to the south-east of the liner berth.

The number of ship movements expected at Enderby Wharf per year is approximately 110, assuming 55 cruise liners arriving at the terminal. This number of ship movements is lower than the threshold included in the relevant Defra guidance which is between 5,000 and 15,000 per year.

Based on the above information regarding the use of the Enderby Wharf terminal by cruise liners and current guidance, the potential effects on local air quality are not likely to be significant and therefore no further mitigation is considered to be required.