a single container ship may ... release as much as 5,000 tons of sulfur oxide into the air annually
(the average car emits about 101 grams of sulfur annually compared to the 5,000 tons of a large container ship).
Source: The Guardian
Cars driving 15,000km a year emit approximately 101 grammes of sulphur oxide gases (or SOx) in that time. The world's largest ships' diesel engines which typically operate for about 280 days a year generate roughly 5,200 tonnes of SOx.
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