BCNA members recently met Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff to discuss bunker fuel emissions from ships berthed at Station Pier. For some time now, nearby residents have been concerned that wind-borne emissions from cruise ships and the Spirit of Tasmania may pose health and amenity risks.
The EPA is suggesting that the first step is the development of a monitoring program. This will establish a baseline for ambient air quality (when no ships are at berth) for comparison to those times when large ships are berthed at Station Pier. This will need careful design taking into account local weather, wind and geography. The EPA will contact the Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) to arrange a meeting with BCNA and other local groups in the near future.