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Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Amendment (Cruise Ships) Regulation 2015

The latest news on cruise shipping legislation.

There is growing community concern about shipping emissions and increasing evidence of the health impacts of fine particles from diesel and marine emissions.

The NSW Government is committed to reducing emissions from cruise ships by initiating requirements for the use of low sulfur fuel by cruise ships in NSW ports.

A draft Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Amendment (Cruise Ships) Regulation addressing cruise ship emissions was released for public consultation from 2-15 June 2015.

Supporting Documents

Consultation Draft Regulation Amendment: Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Amendment (Cruise Ships) Regulation 2015 (PDF 332KB)

The fnal Regulation Amendment (PDF 215KB) takes effect on 1 October 2015. It requires:

  • stage 1 - cruise ships to use low sulfur fuel (0.1 per cent or less) while berthed in Sydney Harbour from 1 October 2015
  • stage 2 - cruise ships to use low sulfur fuel (0.1 per cent or less) while in Sydney Harbour (PDF 9.7MB) from 1 July 2016.

Summary of Submissions and Responses

All submissions received by the EPA were considered during finalisation of the Regulation. Issues raised in the submissions, and the EPA's responses to them, are documented in the Summary of Submissions and Responses (PDF 378KB).

Page last updated: 24 June 2016