Australia’s State Plans 0.1% Sulphur Cap for Cruise Ships

Australias State Plans 01 Sulphur Cap for Cruise Ships

Cruise ships calling at ports in Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) might be required to use 0.1% sulphur fuel by July next year, if the state’s Baird government is reelected, according to the local daily The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Baird government promised to reduce the sulphur content in marine fuel from the current 3.5% following reports that pollution from Sydney’s White Bay Cruise Terminal has started affecting the health of local residents ever since its opening in 2013.

Cruise ships using this terminal keep their engines running throughout their stay, seeing that there is no onshore power source provided.

A recent parliament inquiry determined that emissions from the terminal, as well as noise and vibrations from ship engines, have an adverse effect on the surrounding community, suggesting that one way to combat the issue is to retrofit the terminal with an onshore power source.

The NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes said the cruise ships would be allowed to meet the new cap through installing marine gas exhaust cleaning systems, the so-called scrubbers.

World Maritime News Staff




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One thought on “Australia’s State Plans 0.1% Sulphur Cap for Cruise Ships”

  1. I wonder what the reaction will be if they read the latest comments on EGS by the German environmental agency NABU.
    0,1% sulphur fuels will obviously not do anything to control noise and vibration factors, the best probable solution there is to have shore power facilities installed. On this matter, if these berths were only recently opened, why wasn’t shore power facilities installed when it was built; the whole concept could not have been thought through very thoroughly……… it will cost more now to do this than it would have been to have shore power facilities installed when it was first built. Still! I guess that’s typical government foresight.
    There must also have been a very rigorous environmental study carried out before permission was granted to build the berths???

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