For operators on Sydney Harbour the issue of black water sewerage pump out is often a major pain point.
The CVA has been lobbying TfNSW- Maritime to ensure this matter does not fall from the agenda and you will be encouraged to know that there is ongoing support despite the challenges presented.
At our AGM Hendrik Clasie - General Manager for Industry & Environment, provided the following update:
White Bay 6 (Bailey's Fuel site) - following last November shut down actions have been taken and are ongoing to ensure the shore based pipework infrastructure is upgraded to cope with peak volumes to prevent any future crisis temporary closures.
Blackwattle Bay site - Facility had to be closed due to unstable wharf structure, TfNSW have arranged for a pontoon and piles to be installed to enable re opening. Announcement expected within the week to activate usage.
New site scoping - Blackwattle Bay site is scheduled for Fish Market redevelopment and a new site to relocate the existing pump out infrastructure is being actively scoped.
King St Precinct -
King St 3 has been fitted with pipework to enable vessels with discharge pumps onboard to pump ashore. (Wharf currently scheduled for maintenance works closure however)
King St 9 - new pump installed and being commissioned
We know the King St wharves are far from ideal for pump out and should only be considered as an over flow concept but we certainly appreciate the additional plant.
We understand that the charter vessel bases are also actively putting in pump ashore facilities that will assist taking the pressure off the common user discharge points.
If you are a user of any of the other marina discharge facilities please let us know of your experiences as these facilities are considered by Maritime as part of the commercial vessel solution and if not fit for your use we need to advise them.