Rockland sets limits on large cruise ships visiting the harbor

ROCKLAND, Maine (WABI) - Rockland's harbor now has a limit on the number of large cruise ships that can visit.

In a 3-to-2 vote Monday night, city councilors decide to cap trips by ships carrying more than 500 passengers.

A maximum of 3,000 passengers a day will now be allowed in September and October.

That's the only time of year large cruise ships can visit and no more than six can dock during that entire time.

A commission set up by the city raised concerns about large cruise ships increasing pollution, crime and damage to lobster gear.

Councilors set no limits on smaller ships that carry up to 500 passengers, except there can be no more than two at a time.