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Renewable ports project unveiled for NSW

One of Sydney’s oldest ports is set to be transformed into a world-first shipping and cruise hub, to be run on 100 per cent renewable shore power energy.

The White Bay port area in the city’s inner west, to become known as the Bays Port, will be the world’s first shipping precinct to be 100 per cent powered by renewable energy produced on shore, NSW Transport Minister David Elliott announced on Monday.

The port will also house the first shore powered cruise port berth in the southern hemisphere.

The project will allow ships to plug into clean power sources as they dock at ports, and is part of the Port Authority of NSW’s plan to reduce carbon emissions by 75 per cent by 2030, and achieve net zero by 2040.

The Port Authority of NSW says the Bays Port Project will have a significant impact on emissions, as 99 per cent of Australia’s trade arrives by sea.

Once ships begin berthing at the terminal, shore powered ships would be able to cut their diesel generators, reduce emissions, air pollution and noise levels, Mr Elliott said.

“Shore power is cleaner and quieter, minimising the impact of ships on neighbouring areas and ensuring our last remaining deep water harbour berths continue to operate sustainably into the future,” Mr Elliott said.

The project, set for completion in 2024, is expected to remove up to 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over 12 months – equivalent to removing 4000 cars from the road every year.

The plan is supported by bulk shipping and cruise industry leaders, and the Port Authority of NSW has pledged $60 million to deliver infrastructure and retrofit older ships to use the shore powered technology, Port Authority of NSW CEO Philip Holliday said.

“Delivering Shore Power will drive us even further than our already ambitious NSW net zero targets, of a 75 per cent emissions reduction by 2030 and be net zero by 2040,” Captain Holliday said.

Australia’s main cruise organisation, Carnival Australia, said it embraced the shift to shore power at White Bay, demonstrating its local commitment to environmental protection

Carnival Australia President Marguerite Fitzgerald said a number of factors made shore power an attractive solution.

“Importantly, P&O, as one of the major users of the White Bay Cruise Terminal, now has a fleet comprised entirely of shore power ready ships,” she said.

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