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  • Under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 Port Authority of New South Wales is required to hold a number of Environmental Protection Licences in relation to the operation of specific berths. A number of our tenants also hold licenses for scheduled activities at the port.

    All environmental protection licenses held under the Act are available via the the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

    Environmental Protection Licence White Bay 4

    On 15 July 2005 the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) granted Port Authority of New South Wales a licence to handle bulk liquids cargo at Berth 4, White Bay.

    The licence allows Port Authority of New South Wales to handle up to 100,000 tonnes per annum of cargo at the berth. The products permitted include vegetable oils, tallow and fatty acids.

    The cargo is most commonly transferred from road tanker trucks to vessels  i.e. exported across the berth. Less frequently, cargo is transferred from vessels to trucks.

    The licence requires Port Authority of New South Wales to adhere to specific conditions, such as noise monitoring reports and complaint reports. Information is updated regularly to ensure we meet the terms of our licence.

    A graph of all complaints over the previous year must be prepared and is available for download.

    Environmental Protection Licence Glebe Island 1

    On 28 November 2008 the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) granted Port Authority of New South Wales a licence to handle common salt cargo at Berth 1, Glebe Island.

    The licence allows Port Authority to handle up to 100,000 tonnes per annum of common salt at the berth. The process involves unloading the salt from vessels onto trucks.

    The licence requires Port Authority to adhere to specific conditions, such as noise monitoring reports and complaint reports.

    The licence requires Port Authority to monitor noise the first time each ship berths at the premises and during the removal from the premises of the cargo discharged by that vessel.

    The noise monitoring is required to determine whether the activities at the premises comply with the noise limits specified in the conditions. 

    A graph of all complaints over the previous year must be prepared and is available for download.

    Environmental Protection Licence Glebe Island 7

    On 13 October 2009 the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) varied an existing licence held by Port Authority of New South Wales which authorises the handling of common salt cargo at Berth 7, Glebe Island.

    The licence allows Port Authority to handle up to 500,000 tonnes per annum of common salt at the berth. The process involves unloading the salt from vessels onto trucks.

    The licence requires Port Authority to adhere to specific conditions, such as noise monitoring reports and complaint reports.

    The licence requires Port Authority to monitor noise the first time each year a ship berths at the premises during the removal from the premises of the cargo discharged by that vessel.

    The noise monitoring is required to determine whether the activities at the premises comply with the noise limits specified in the conditions. 

    A graph of all complaints over the previous year must be prepared and is available for download.

    Current and expected berthings

    Details of current and expected berthings at Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay, including the licensed berths in Sydney Harbour, are available.

    Registering complaints & reporting incidents

    In the case of any emergency involving life or property, call Triple Zero (000) immediately

    All non-urgent reports, general enquiries, feedback or issues can be directed 24/7 to:

    email: enquiries@portauthoritynsw.com.au
    phone: +61 2 9296 4962