Overnight Docking Prevented at Port of White Bay

Tuesday / June 2, 2015

Overnight Docking Prevented at Port of White BayResidents of Sydney’s suburb of Balmain say that they have been suffering from health problems ever since a new cruise ship terminal opened at nearby White Bay in 2013. Investigations revealed that cruise ships berthed at White Bay used a low grade diesel known as bunker fuel which has been deemed a grade-one carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

The Port Authority of New South Wales said that they would prevent overnight docking until regulations come into effect to address community concerns over vessel emissions and noise. Rochelle Porteous, Mayor of Leichhardt Council also recommended that the terminal install shore power systems.

Mark Speakman, New South Wales Environment Minister, said in a statement that from July 1, 2016 new regulations will entail vessels entering New South Wales ports to use fuel with sulfur content of 0.10 percent or less.

Speakman also said that the Government is on target to have an interim low sulphur regulation in place for the start of the next cruise season for cruise ships berthing in Sydney.

SNM Events News Service
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