• 2020 September 12 10:47

    Ports reveal huge scale of industry environmental efforts

    From Aberdeen to Ardrossan; Belfast to Blyth, Pembroke to Portsmouth; and Shetland to Southampton; the British Ports Association has today published a comprehensive package of case studies of environmental good practice from dozens of UK ports.

    The BPA will be adding new stories to the pack over time as well as regularly highlighting individual case studies. Included in the current collection are:

    • The use of two bubble curtains in the construction of Aberdeen’s new south harbour to protect marine mammals from any harmful effects of the building work
    • ABP’s £6.8 million roof mounted solar array at the Port of Hull
    • Belfast Harbour’s drive towards 100% renewable energy usage and smart electricity generation
    • The installation of the UK’s first intermediate voltage shore power system, in Orkney, as well as smaller shore power systems in Fraserburgh and Lerwick
    • The Port of London’s hybrid pilot cutter, which will cut diesel usage significantly
    • Milford Haven’s environmental surveillance group that has been running for 27 years making the waterway one of the best-studied estuaries in Europe
    • Beach cleaning days run by the ports of Plymouth, Dover, London, Fraserburgh, and ABP
    • PD Ports’ participation in Operation Clean Sweep, which aims to reduce the amount of plastic lost into our seas. The BPA is currently part of a steering group working on a fast-track industry standard with a similar aim, building on this work
    • A number of fishing ports’ participation in the ‘Fishing for Litter’ scheme by KIMO. Participating fishers are given hard wearing bags to collect any plastic waste caught whilst fishing, which is then collected and recycled.
    • Orkney Harbours’ work on monitoring and preventing invasive species
    • Portland Port’s non-native invasive species control plan
    • Salcome Harbour’s eco-mooring facility

    The list goes on. The collection of good news stories is drawn from ports across five broad categories:

    • Habitats and Biodviersity
    • Reducing Emissions
    • Renewables
    • Research, Collaboration, and Leadership
    • Plastics, Waste, and Recycling  

    Commenting on the project, Mark Simmonds, Head of Policy & External Affairs at the BPA said:
    "This collection of stories shows the tremendous amount of effort ports put into reducing emissions, protecting and enhancing habitats and biodiversity, and tackling waste and marine litter. Much of this work goes unappreciated and we hope that this work will start to highlight some of the everyday effort ports make in delivering positive outcomes for our environment."

    Some of these stories push the boundaries of innovation, others are more routine but they are all important. We hope that this project might inspire others to imitate some of the good work and also submit their own good news stories.

    The BPA has always taken a strong leadership role on environmental matters, championing a balance between sustainable development and economic activity. We were a co-founder of the EcoPorts scheme, led on port stakeholder communications, created the first environment group for port professionals in the world, produced a Sustainability Charter,   promoted coastal shipping and of late we have been looking extensively at air quality issues and shore power.

    This initiative shines the light on some excellent UK port projects and examples. We are hopeful that this initiative will enable other ports to learn from BPA members and join our programme.

    The BPA has also published an online form where ports and BPA associate members working in ports can submit new stories. These will be published on the BPA website and eventually printed in various formats.

    These stories were collected from BPA members at the beginning of 2020 but publication was postponed whilst the industry and government have been dealing with the immediate challenges presented by COVID-19. Physical boxes of postcards are available from the BPA, and the stories are also published as an e-book and as individual stories on the BPA website.

    The BPA, which represents ports that handle 86% of seaborne trade in the UK and operators that facilitate many other maritime activities, has always taken a strong leadership role on sustainability issues. Collectively the UK ports sector, which is the second largest in Europe, has been one of the world’s leaders in its efforts to minimise its environmental impacts.

    The British Ports Association represents the interests of over 100 port members, covering more than 400 ports, terminal operators and port facilities. The UK ports industry plays a key role in the country’s economy as 95% of the UK’s international trade – imports and exports – is carried through British ports. UK ports also handle more than 60 million international and domestic passenger journeys each year. The UK port industry is the second largest in Europe, handling around 500 million tonnes of freight each year. UK ports directly employ around 115,000 people.




2021 August 4

18:27 CTRL Marine Solutions announce their acquisition by Campbell Johnston Clark
18:07 IMCA signs Gulf of Guinea Declaration on the Suppression of Piracy
17:46 OKA Shipyard launches the Alexander Ivanov, ninth dry cargo ship of RSD59 series
17:36 PSA & Samudera strengthen strategic partnership in cargo solutions and logistics
17:16 KMZ supplied water jet ejectors for a new small sea tanker of project 03182
17:15 Iridium announces partnership with Canadian Coast Guard
16:20 Port of Tanjung Pelepas jumps to 15th in world ranking
16:05 DNV and Nakilat JDP works to improve vessel software reliability and quality
15:41 Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Yanmar Power Technology and Japan Engine Corporation establish a new company HyEng Corporation
15:36 Akhtarskaya Shipyard launches RS "Chernomorets"
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14:43 KhMAO-Yugra to take delivery of Meteor 120R hydrofoil duo in 2021-2022
14:11 ClassNK grants its first DSS notation for 211,000DWT bulk carrier “DREAM CLOVER”
13:59 ”K” LINE and Chubu Electric Power commence joint development agreement for tidal energy project in Canada
13:40 Vostochnaya Verf completed shipyard's sea trials of the Okhotsk
12:06 LORP fleet carried 670 000 tonnes of cargo since the start of this year shipping season
11:09 Western Australia looks to implementing stricter controls
10:09 Konecranes adds Wire Rope Monitoring to TRUCONNECT portfolio
09:59 Crude oil prices edging down on coronavirus-related restrictions
09:53 Baltic Dry Index as of Aug 3
09:29 Inland waterways Azov-Don basin’s seven-month cargo volume edges up 1%
09:21 ICTSI Honduras, Big Creek Terminals ink mutual benefit pact
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2021 August 3

18:17 Iridium Connected® Viettel S-Tracking Vessel Monitoring System wins Top 10 Sao Khuê Award
17:59 Lead passenger ship Meteor 120R of new generation launched in the Nizhny Novgorod Region
17:25 A subsidiary of KCC has signed a new Contract of Affreightment for its CLEANBU fleet with a major international charterer in the tanker market
16:47 Petersburg Oil Terminal obtains permit for construction of its new handling facility
16:24 Nigerian Chamber of Shipping becomes full ICS member
15:22 Vard delivers “Le Commandant Charcot” to Ponant
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14:41 Construction of new facilities to commence at Onezhsky Shipyard in autumn 2021 года
14:23 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo bound for East Russia
13:42 The Panama Canal resumes seasonal measures to protect migrating marine life
13:12 CMA CGM announces THC for Novorossiysk, Russia import/export
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12:22 Wärtsilä to provide efficient service support for Brazilian river tugs despite challenging operating conditions
11:59 MOL to build series of 4 LNG-fueled car carriers
11:58 FESCO starts seasonal delivery of cargo from ports of China and the United States to Chukotka
11:36 Finnlines announces adjustment of bunker surcharge in its own container traffic
10:54 Baltiysky Zavod shipyard casts third one-piece propeller for Project MR-50 product tankers
10:30 Tallink Grupp published its statistics for July 2021
10:09 Maersk raises full-year guidance
09:57 Oil prices decrease amid coronavirus related restrictions
09:41 Baltic Dry Index as of August 2
09:23 Yaroslavsky Shipyard launches non-self-propelled dredging ship of Project RDB 66.42М
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2021 August 2

19:09 Seven dredging ships deployed for operation on Sea Canal in the Gulf of Ob
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16:30 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg enhanced its environmental safety
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