Clean air for NSW consultation paper

Over 120 ships arrive at the White Bay cruise terminal per year. Each burns dirty, dangerous high sulphur fuel emitting harmful air pollutants into the surrounding neighbourhood and beyond.

Yet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air for NSW Consultation Paper fails to deal adequately with pollution from cruise ships at White Bay, and proposes no action to end it. This consultation paper will set the strategic objectives of the NSW government in relation to air quality.

The NSW Government needs to install shore to ship electric power at the White Bay cruise terminal. It’s the long term solution to ensure clean, healthy air for the community of Sydney.

Please fill in your name and address below to make a submission to the Environmental Protection Agency, telling them you want them to take real action to end pollution at White Bay:

To: EPA Air Policy unit

I note with disappointment that the Clean Air for NSW Consultation Paper does not make mention of the significant levels of toxic pollution emitted by cruise vessels burning sulphur fuel at the White Bay Cruise Terminal. This is a significant source of air pollution for the surrounding area, with residents reporting health issues including breathing difficulties and asthma.

The Consultation Paper also makes no mention of the lack of regulation of cruise ships burning high sulphur fuel while travelling through Sydney Harbour, despite the fact that it has 35 times higher levels of sulphur than the fuel they are required to use in Europe and 3,500 times the level required by Australian diesel cars.

I urge you to directly address  this significant air pollution issue, and to take action to protect residents both of the area around White Bay, and the broader Sydney Harbour, from the health risk posed by cruise ship pollution.

The only long term solution to address both noise and emissions is shore to ship power and we encourage the EPA to set the installation of this technology as a key goal to enhance air quality. 

Yours sincerely,

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  • published this page in Petitions 2017-01-23 13:13:38 +1100
  • signed 2017-01-23 08:09:59 +1100
    Visuallt polluting too
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    judith Gatland – Concerned that Newcastle Harbour will also suffer this pollution with increasing nos. of cruise ships using our port!
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  • signed 2017-01-22 10:11:03 +1100
    Totally agree
  • signed 2017-01-21 14:14:09 +1100
    Tamasine R McNamara
  • signed 2017-01-20 20:56:30 +1100
    save our water and air from pollution
  • signed 2017-01-20 20:29:56 +1100
    My own and my son’s allergies are worse when ships are in.
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    Daryl Max Gibson
  • signed 2017-01-20 14:57:20 +1100
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  • signed 2017-01-20 14:05:13 +1100
    I’m signing for my friend (Alexandra’s) daughter who is sick due to the air pollution effecting her asthma.
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    vsevolod vlaskine
  • signed 2017-01-19 16:45:57 +1100
  • signed 2017-01-19 12:07:45 +1100
    Mooring cruise ships in the greater harbour and using transfer ferries would revitalise harbour maritime transport
  • signed 2017-01-19 07:11:59 +1100
    Leonie Dean
  • signed 2017-01-18 19:42:36 +1100
    Wake up! Garden Island is a terminal totally fit for cruise ships. We have large ships which cannot fit under the Harbour Bridge and use the Athol Buoy for turnarounds!!! Please believe me, as one of the people who designed itineraries for Crystal Cruises in Los Angeles…..I was their Manager, Passenger Programs. If we don’t wake up and use Garden Island for cruise vessels (and base our navy north of New South Wales) over our summer cruise period, we will lose cruise ships/passengers to other destinations. While I was at Crystal Cruises we would plan itineraries 3 years in advance. Now, cruise lines are making the decision to visit Sydney more than 3 years in advance. If the situation continues and large vessels have to make their turnarounds at the Athol Buoy, Sydney will lose incredible business. Cruise lines do NOT want to use Botany Bay for turnarounds. Passengers/guests want….. and should enjoy………. the entry/departure into/out off Sydney Harbour. Provide facilities at Garden Island for cruise ships .
  • signed 2017-01-18 15:17:06 +1100
    While I don’t live close by the cruise ship terminal, I have been, from time to time, felt ill when a ship has been in and if I am feeling ill. people close by the terminal must really be having health problems.
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