The New South Wales (NSW) Government is to build a fully renewable-energy shore-powered shipping area at Sydney.
Shore power will be available in Bays Port, including Glebe Island and White Bay, where an estimated 14,000 tonnes of CO2 will be saved every year, the NSW Government announced last week.
White Bay Cruise Terminal will become the first shore powered cruise berth in the Southern Hemisphere, transport minister David Elliott (pictured) told the local media, according to Government News.
The first berth is set to come online in 2024 and will allow shore power-capable ships to cut their diesel generators, reducing emissions, air pollution and noise levels while at port, according to the Minister.
“Shore power is cleaner and quieter, minimising the impact of ships on neighbouring areas and ensuring our last remaining deepwater harbour berths continue to operate sustainably into the future,” he said.
Port Authority of NSW CEO, Capt Philip Holliday, said the authority is investing more than Aus$60 mill to deliver the infrastructure, with port users pledging to build and retrofit ships to take advantage of the technology.
“What we’re doing is making sure that the network is powered by renewable sources, so we’re getting (the ships) to plug into renewable energy,” he said.
Morgan Koegal, senior campaigner from the NSW Climate Council, said the scale of the project was relatively small but was another welcome step towards renewable energy.
“This move reflects the growing trend of investment in using renewable sources to power our homes, hospitals, schools and transport networks,” Koegal told Government News.