The peak season for Southern Europeâ€™s ferry fleets is in full swing with chartered, elderly and seasonal tonnage pressed into service alongside the regular ships to cope with the seasonal demand.
One thing that is notable from sailing in the area in recent times has been the dark and oily emissions from many of the ferriesâ€™ funnels. Ever-higher fuel costs have meant that many operators have opted for the lowest grade fuel oils available, presumably after considering the potential adverse effects this can have on the machinery against the cost savings. The results in terms of emissions from the ships themselves are quite spectacular â€“ though hardly environmentally friendly. Here are a few images from the past year or so of Southern Europeâ€™s ferries, and the results of what their owners have been feeding them.