Overnight stays by cruise ships at the White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney, Australia, have been banned until new regulations controlling the use of low-sulfur fuels are enacted.

The Port Authority of New South Wales suspended overnight stays as of May 27, a spokesman said. 

The next scheduled overnight stay at White Bay is in December 2015. The spokesman said the ban was implemented to ensure that any future requests by cruise lines to berth a ship burning high sulfur fuel overnight would be declined.

There is a concern that sulfur emissions from cruise ship engine exhaust could threaten Australia’s rapid ascent as a cruise market. Last week, a report from CLIA said more than 1 million Australians cruised for the first time in 2014, representing 4.2% of the population.

The prime minister of New South Wales was reelected in March following pledges to bring cruise sulfur emissions in line with North America’s current 0.1% standard.

In banning overnight stays, CEO Grant Gilfillan said the port authority was responding to community concerns. He said the ban will stay in place until the New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority has regulated the use of low sulphur fuel by ships berthing at White Bay.

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