White Bay Cruise Terminal
The White Bay Cruise Terminal was approved by the Minister for
Planning in 2011.
The facility started operating in April 2013.
The former Leichhardt Council received numerous submissions regarding the operation of the
terminal from residents regarding, noise, odour and air pollution.
Council forwardeded all submissions from residents and organisations
concerned about the above issues to the appropriate regulators – the NSW
Department of Planning for breaches of conditions and the NSW
Environmental Protection Authority regarding odour and air pollution.
Sydney Ports Authority recently exhibited a Noise Mitigation Strategy for the White Bay Cruise Ship Terminal.
You can read the Noise Mitigation Strategy on the Sydney Ports Website
Council engaged Rodney Stevens Acoustics to monitor noise and review the strategy.
Read the Rodney Stevens Acoustics Operational Noise Management Plan (PDF 1.8MB) here
For information on Council’s submission or the Rodney Steven report please contact 02 9392 5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Protection Authority Odour Diary
The EPA has provided Council with an Odour Diary, on which residents can record emissions from Cruise Ships berthed at White Bay.
You can fill out the diary and either scan or photograph it to email back to the Authority. Address information is important as it allows the Authority to cross check their odour records, wind direction and potential odour sources. Names and addresses will be kept confidential.
Download a copy of the Diary here (PDF 59KB).
A regulatory amendment of the NSW Protection of the Environment
Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010 has been made to limit the sulfur
content of fuel used by cruise ships in Sydney Harbour.
The amendment comes into effect on 1 October 2015.
The amendment can be found at the EPA website
It addresses cruise ship emissions in Sydney Harbour in two stages:
- stage 1 requires the use of low sulfur fuel (0.1% or less) while berthed in Sydney Harbour from 1 October 2015; and
- stage 2 requires the use of low sulfur fuel (0.1% or less) while in Sydney Harbour (including while berthed) from 1 July 2016.
Exceptions from the requirement to use low sulfur fuel are provided in
some circumstances, for example, ship safety and emergency situations or
technical problems. Ships may seek approval from the NSW Environment
Protection Authority (EPA) to use alternative methods to achieve an
equivalent reduction in sulfur oxide and particulate matter emissions,
for example, the use of exhaust scrubbers.
For more visit the EPA website at the links below:
Cruise Ships in Sydney Harbour, including White Bay
Cruise shipping legislation
Cleaner ports and shipping
Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Amendment (Cruise Ships) Regulation 2015
Council made representation at the Inquiry into the Performance of the NSW Environment Protection Authority on 13 October 2015.
Find Council’s submissions to the Inquiry here:
Leichhardt Council Submission - Performance of the NSW Environment Protection Authority
This inquiry was established on 19 June 2014, to report on the
performance of the NSW Environment Protection Authority by measuring its
recent performance against its objectives according to section 6 of the
Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991.
Find Inquiry Outcomes on the NSW Parliament website
Council received a report on the issue at the 10 December 2013
Ordinary Meeting and will act on actions and points below. Council will also contact the NSW Ombudsman if a response to the concerns it has
raised on behalf of residents, has not been provided to Council by 20
December. Council adopted actions and points:
- The White Bay Cruise Terminal is a state run facility and when
the ships are in port they are situated outside the boundaries of the
Leichhardt Council Local Government Area. The NSW Department of Planning
is the authority responsible for assessing and determining the impacts
of the development including investigation and enforcement of the
conditions on approval.
- The NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is the
Appropriate Regulatory Authority for investigation and enforcement of
pollution and odour matters under the Protection of the Environment
Operation Act 1997.
- Council has no regulatory function in relation Operations of the
White Bay Cruise Terminals or ships when in port. But in view of the
significant and on-going noise and air pollution problems for local
White Bay residents as a result of on board cruise ship power
generation, Council will now request the State Government as a matter of
urgency reconsider the option for provision of shore based power.
- Council for its part has already forwarded the community
submissions listed in this report both the NSW Department of Planning
and the NSW Environmental Protection Authority as the appropriate
regulators. This includes a resolution of the Community Meeting held on
26 November 2013 at Clontarf Cottage. If an adequate response is not
provided to Council by the regulators by 20 December 2013 the matter be
referred to the NSW Ombudsman for review.
- In addition to writing to the Ministers for
Planning, Ports and Health, Council has also resolved to write to
Carnival Cruises, P&O and any ships using this port and outline
Council’s concerns over the health impacts these ships are having on our
residents. Council will publish and update on its website the results
of noise and air quality monitoring undertaken by Sydney Ports.
Find Air Monitoring Results here
Find Noise Monitoring Results here
- Council will also pursue GIPA processes (freedom of information
requests) to obtain results of air and noise quality assessments
undertaken by the EPA and/or Sydney Ports and/or Department of Planning.
The General Manager and the Mayor will also make personal contact with
the CEO of Sydney Ports regarding the responsibility he has for ensuring
that there are no unacceptable impacts from cruise ships on residents.
- Council will continue to liaise with the regulators and forward submissions received.
The complete 10 December 2013 Ordinary Meeting Council Report and Minutes can be found below:
Report to Council's 10 December 2013 Ordinary Meeting - Item E11 Operation of the White Bay Cruise Terminal (PDF 348.3KB)
Minutes for Item E11 Operation of the White Bay Cruise Termina December 2013 Ordinary Meeting (PDF 9.7KB)
Residents can make direct contact with Carnival Australia, the
regulators and Sydney Ports. Contact information for Carnival and the
relevant State Departments is as follows:
Email: email@example.com Phone: 02 8424 8800Address: 15 Mount Street,North Sydney, NSW, 2060orPO Box 2006North Sydney, NSW, 2059NSW Department of Planning
Website: www.planning.nsw.gov.au Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 02 9228 6111Fax: 02 9228 6455Address: Head Office23-33 Bridge Street,Sydney NSW 2000or
GPO Box 39,
Sydney NSW 2001
NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
Phone: 131 555 (local call from landlines within NSW) or (02) 9995 5555 (from outside NSW).
PO Box A290
Sydney South, NSW 1232
Phone: +61 2 9296 4999
Fax: +61 2 9296 4742
Corporate OfficeLevel 4, 20 Windmill StreetWalsh Bay
New South Wales 2000
2 September 2015 - Finally Low Sulphur Fuel thanks to a Great Local Campaign
31 August - NSW Minister for the Environment Mark Speakman - Regulation For Low Sulfur Fuel In Cruise Ships (~~~DocAnnotation.type.12440~~~ ~~~DocAnnotation.size.12440~~~)
19 August 2015 - Government Response to White Bay Cruise Ship Inquiry Falls Short
27 May 2015 - Council Welcomes Overnight Cruise Ship Suspension But More Action Needed Urgently
17 February 2015 - Environmental Protection Authority Has Failed Balmain Residents
NSW Government Health Response to Questions about Health Issues and Cruise Ships at White Bay 28 October 2014
Sydney Local Health District White Bay Cruise Terminal Fact Sheet
Health information about cruise ships at White Bay NSW Health
White Bay Fact Sheet
EPA Cruise Shipping Legislation and Fact Sheets
October 2015 Minutes - Government Agencies and Balmain Residents re Cruise Ships at White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal
August 2015 Minutes - Government Agencies and Balmain Residents re Cruise Ships at White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal
June 2015 Minutes - Government Agencies and Balmain Residents re Cruise Ships at White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal
April 2015 Minutes - Government Agencies and Balmain Residents re Cruise Ships at White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal
February 2015 Minutes - Government Agencies and Balmain Residents re Cruise Ships at White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal
December 2014 Minutes - Government Agencies and Balmain Residents re Cruise Ships at White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal
October 2014 Minutes - Government Agencies and Balmain Residents re Cruise Ships at White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal
June 2014 Minutes - Government Agencies and Balmain Residents re Cruise Ships at White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal
April 2014 Minutes - Government Agencies and Balmain Residents re Cruise Ships at White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal