Advisory: Undercover investigation to reveal extremely poor air quality on cruise ships

January 22, 2019

Johns Hopkins University researcher to publish report on health risks for passengers, staff, port communities from cruise ships

BALTIMORE, Maryland — A new investigative report to be released on Thursday, January 24, will detail the shocking findings of a two-year undercover study by a Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health researcher showing extremely poor air quality on four cruise ships.

The ships left from Port Canaveral, Florida to the Bahamas; from Galveston, Texas to Mexico; from Vancouver, British Columbia to Los Angeles, California; and from Los Angeles, California, to Mexico. 

More than 30 million people worldwide are expected to go on a cruise in 2019. These passengers — as well as the staff working on cruise ships — expect a fun experience in a healthy environment, but instead are being exposed to high levels of pollution that could pose a serious threat to their health. And with approximately 70% of ship emissions occurring within 250 miles of land, people living in port and coastal communities are also being impacted.

WHAT: Video conference announcing release of new report, “Clearing the air: An undercover investigation of air pollution on cruise ships” 

WHO: The report is authored by Dr. Ryan Kennedy, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. International environmental organization commissioned the report. One of the organization’s core programs works to reduce the climate and human health impacts of the shipping industry. 

WHEN: 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET, Thursday, January 24, 2019

CALL-IN DETAILS: Join the video conference online at or by calling 877-830-2596 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada) or 785-424-1743 (direct dial to the U.S.). Conference ID: STANDEARTH. Additional international toll-free numbers are available below.

SPEAKERS: The following experts will speak at the press conference on issues related to the report:

  • Dr. Ryan Kennedy, Researcher, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Kendra Ulrich, Senior Shipping Campaigner,


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