Australian residents pushing for cruise ship 0.1% sulphur limit

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Australian residents pushing for cruise ship 0.1% sulphur limit

A RESIDENTS’ association in Australia is pushing the country’s government to bring forward sulphur emission rules in the country.

The Bega Valley Shire Residents & Ratepayers Association is a voluntary, community-based and not-for-profit organisation with more than 170 members, based in New South Wales. Its primarily concern is with the performance of local government in the area. It has been pushing for action against sulphur emissions from cruise ships for several years.

Having learnt of the IMO’s adoption of 2020 as the date for the global sulphur in fuel cap reduction from 3.5% to 0.5%, as well as an Australian federal decision made in December last year to limit cruise ships berthed in Sydney harbour to use fuel with a 0.1% sulphur content, the association wants the tougher 0.1% limit applied to all cruise ships calling at all the country’s ports and harbours, particularly its own, the Port of Eden.

Eden harbour is in Twofold Bay about 400km south of Sydney, and a popular tourist destination. An extension of the Port of Eden breakwater is due for completion in 2018 allowing more cruise ships to come into the bay during the tourist season.

The letter sent to the Australian government can be read here.

Image courtesy of the Cruise Eden, part of the Port Authority of New South Wales

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