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Monday, 07 September 2015

Terminal operators launch environment-focused joint venture

A consortium of the world’s largest terminal operators which includes APM Terminals, DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) as well as the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PRA) has launched a new joint venture programme to cut the environmental impact of port operations.

 “We are very positive that this joint effort with APM Terminals, DP World, HPH, SIPG and Port of Rotterdam Authority will act as catalyst to ‘greenify’ our industry, the communities in which we are located, and ultimately the world at large,” Tan Chong Meng, chief executive of PSA International said.

The joint venture will focus on three main themes of climate change, communities and re-use and recycling. A series of events are planned between the 14 and 21 September that will aim to raise environmental awareness.

“By continuing to focus on our ecosystem using innovation, new technologies and seeking behavioural change, the industry can make a major contribution to the wellbeing of our planet. This campaign is a watershed for marine terminal operatorsm,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of  DP World said.

The global campaign will see terminal operators identify local partners to work with on projects such as community engagement, educational programmes, waste recycling and the creation and upgrade of local green spaces.

“It is good to see that the terminal operators are working together internationally to improve the environment. It is in line with our ambition to make Rotterdam the cleanest port of its type in the world. I hope that the example set by the terminal operators will not only be followed by port authorities,” Allard Castelein, chief executive of the Port of Rotterdam Authority commented.

The initiative builds on previous efforts by all five of the terminal operators to create more efficient, low emission facilities. Last year, APM Terminals opened its Maasvlakte II Terminal, claimed to be the first in the world to eliminate container handling equipment emissions.

The 86 hectare deepwater facility includes a 500-metre barge quay, 1,000-meter deep quay and an ondock rail terminal with four tracks of 750 meters.

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