Tasmania political candidate Scott Jordan has called for a national ban on the consumption of high sulphur fuel oil by cruise vessels in port.
“It’s a lower grade fuel that’s been linked to a number of health issues and we’re seeing them (cruise ships) use it because they can,” he told The Advocate.
Jordan believed the Tasmanian government should follow Sydney, which has banned cruise ships from consuming HSFO at port.
A spokesman for the Tasmania Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said sulphur dioxide levels in Hobart were “well within national international standards” which currently require ships to consume fuel below 3.5% sulphur content.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has already mandate vessels to use fuel with less than 0.5% sulphur content by 2020.
Changing fuel standards ahead of 2020 will cause cruise ships to bypass Tasmania, unnecessarily threatening the state’s booming cruise ship season, says Tasmania’s Environment Minister Elise Archer.
“Our record cruise ship season will bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the state and inject millions into our regional economies, and Mr Jordan’s proposal to change cruise ship fuel standards ahead of the rest of Australia and the world would destroy this,” she said.
Article credit: The Advocate
Publication date: 15 January, 2018
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