WHITE BAY CRUISE SHIPS DUMP 250 TONNES OF DANGEROUS EMISSIONS IN 2014
A health risk assessment completed by the University of Sydney, Southern Cross University, the University of Western Sydney and University of Wollongong found if the amount of fine particle pollution was reduced by up to 17 per cent, the impacts would be immediate. The researchers estimated that in the first year of reduced exposure, there would be 140 fewer deaths in Sydney.
In 2014 alone cruise chips in Sydney Harbour produced over 50 tonnes of particulate matter, and without action that will double over the next four years.
Benzene is carcinogenic to humans and no safe level of exposure can be recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Airborne benzenes are associated with an excess of lifetime risk of leukaemia and in 2014 it is estimated that over 300kg was released by cruise ships in Sydney.
By considering the 2014 cruise ship schedule, the time in port, the engine size and resulting power requirements of each individual ship, we can determine the volumes of resulting toxic chemicals emitted from those ships.
The fact that these enormous amounts of pollutants are focussed into single emission points, concentrates toxic air pollution and amplifies health risks.