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White Bay

Locals raise concerns over White Bay Cruise Terminal. Image: Sydney Ports.

Local residents at Balmain have raised health concerns caused by pollution from cruise ships docked at White Bay Cruise Terminal.

About 100 residents living close to the terminal held a meeting with Balmain Greens MP Jamie Parker and Leichardt Mayor Darcy Byrne to discuss their concerns.

White Bay is the new terminal for smaller ships which are able cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Holland America’s Oosterdam and Princess Cruises’ Dawn Princess have been using White Bay as a second Sydney port since April last year.

Local residents demanded immediate action over health concerns and noise pollution and passed a resolution calling on the State Government to properly regulate cruise ships.

Resident and ex-councillor John Stamolis said there have been no consequence for noise breaches and more needed to be done to monitor pollution.

“Pollution control measures are woefully lacking at White Bay,” he said.

Sydney Ports chief executive Grant Gilfillan said that a feasibility study has begun to look into shore power. It would also meet with an international provider of this technology.

“But as stated many times to residents by email in recent months, there can be no commitment to this option until it is fully understood and more to the point, whether it is in fact an effective solution, and therefore is it even the right solution,” he said.

Sydney Ports had also met with locals councils and NSW Health to discuss the results of an air and noise monitoring study and to consider various community concerns.

He said that until a solution was found, ships would continue to berth and depart under full power and remain on full power until shore power was connected.