Environment: Cannes, tight against polluting cruise ships
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(ANSA) - PARIS, JULY 29 - Struggle against polluting cruise ships in Cannes. From 2020, the seaside resort on the Côte d'Azur, famous among other things for its film festival, will force sea giants to limit sulfur content in marine fuels to 0.1%, a stricter crackdown than as required by French law. Mayor David Lisnard and the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie Nice-Côte d'Azur, which manages the port, have already signed a charter in this sense with the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings group which represents about 40% of the traffic in Cannes . Another company should soon sign the same document. Sulfur emissions are limited by entering the pilot area, behind the iles de Lerins. "Companies that refuse to sign this Charter - a note warns - will be banned from January 1, 2020 to disembark their passengers in Cannes". Since 2015, sulfur emissions in marine fuels have been limited to 0.1% in the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the English Channel. Elsewhere in France, the 2015 law sets the maximum level at 1.5% for passenger ships, compared with 3.5 for the others, except for airports of more than two hours. Cannes is the fourth French cruise place after Marseille, Ajaccio and Le Havre, with a target of over 400,000 tourists at the airport by 2019. (ANSA).