Coode Island Committee Update
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Environment Improvement Plan (EIP) for No 1 Maribyrnong Bulk Liquids Berth
At its meeting on 11 September, Bill Johnson, Manager Safety & Environment Services, Port of Melbourne Corporation, told the Committee about the improvements in safety and control of odours at Maribyrnong No 1 Berth. The EIP has been developed over the last two years to specify new procedures at the wharf. A key initiative is the practice of “pre-arrival” meetings held on shore with the ship’s representatives while the ship is still several days out of port. These vital meetings allow the PoMC to clarify the strict controls that apply at the berth, to reach agreement on how the loading and discharge of cargo will be handled, and to learn of any particular issues the vessels may have.
The Committee noted that the form of the EIP was quite different to the Terminals Pty Ltd EIP. The different origin and emphasis of the No 1 Maribyrnong Berth EIP was explained, and suggestions from the Committee were noted for future review of the EIP.
Odour complaints provide a measure of performance at the berth, and complaints have dropped off to zero in the last six months. The Committee thanked Bill for making them much more knowledgeable about the procedures at the berth.
Terminals seeks Accredited Licence
EPA advised the meeting that Terminals Pty Ltd have applied to have an Accredited Licence. An Accredited Licence is granted for a period of 5 years, and provides recognition from EPA of a company’s track record for good management. It is less prescriptive (reducing say 10 pages of conditions to perhaps 5 pages), and has a reduced fee. It shifts responsibility for detailed EPA oversight to an EPA accredited auditor. It also requires certification of the environmental management system by an independent certification body.
An accredited licence requires implementation of an environment improvement plan involving the local community, and annual reports of environmental performance signed by a senior representative of the company at the particular site.
There are about 20 or more accredited licences in Victoria, including Mobil Refinery, Qenos and some Melbourne Water facilities. A decision on Terminals Pty Ltd application will be made within a couple of months. It would be the first Accredited Licence on Coode Island.
Annual Benzene emissions
Annual benzene emissions from the Terminals facility have reduced from 4001 kg in 2001/2002 to 1478 kg in 2002/2003 with the commissioning and use of the combustors. Future benzene emission levels are expected to be much lower again in 2003/2004, the first full year of operation for the combustors.
CICCC representation at external events
At the invitation of the Coode Island User Group (CIUG), the CICCC made a presentation on 27 August 2003 to the CIUG. Community representative Ian Thomas and Chair Robin Saunders outlined the purpose and objectives of the CICCC, and its desire to become more involved in the range of studies and activities being commissioned by the Port of Melbourne Corporation.
At the invitation of the Port of Melbourne Corporation, the CICCC was invited to attend in the stakeholder workshop on the Melbourne Port Emergency Management Plan held on 10 September 2003. Community representative Deborah Macfarlane and Chair Robin Saunders presented a response to the questions posed by the Workshop organisers, focussing on the purpose of the CICCC, community consultation processes desirable in the development of a new MPEMP, and how community consultation can be maintained throughout the planning process and beyond. (The CICCC response can be found on our website www.ciccc.org)
Next meeting of the CICCC
The next meeting of the CICCC will be held on Thursday 9 October 2003 at the Maribyrnong Town Hall on the corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray at 6.30 pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting.
Robin Saunders, Chair CICCC,
16 September 2003