Work at a cleaner maritime world

PortExpertise advises on subjects relating to environmentally sensitive, efficient, and secure marine terminal operations. The environmental impact of shipping includes greenhouse gas emissions, acoustic and oil pollution. PortExpertise helps you see clear in the on-going development of standards addressing various vessel discharges, such as air emissions, ballast water and waste disposal.

Fields of expertise

Advice on environment • health • safety • waste management

Case in the spotlights

Other cases in this field of expertise

Pre-screening, establishment and evaluation of European subsidy projects on EU-program specs, Antwerp, 2014-17.

PortExpertise pre-screens European subsidy projects on EU-program specs: eligibility, financial plan, risk management, dissemination plan etc. It also helps to complete the applications and provides calculations and the always requested dissemination and communication plan. The EU-programs deal with mobility, innovation in marine context, such as the TEN-T program and Horizon 2020. PortExpertise experts also evaluate European subsidy applications from private companies and public authorities from all EU-member states.

Helping capacity building for prevention of marine pollution caused by ship-sourced waste, Turkey, 2015-17.

PortExpertise technically assists the capacity building for prevention of marine pollution caused by ship-sourced wastes. The project deals with ship generated waste and adequate port reception facilities, shipyards and ballast sediments and best practices for removal of anti-fouling paints, hull washing, with illegal discharges and the removal of spilled oil.

Optimization study waste heat use, Brussels-Ghent-Antwerp ports, Belgium, 2010, 2014.

PortExpertise realized an optimization study for waste heat use. Therefore, an audit, a detailed assessment, an implementation plan, as well as the implementation were part of this assignment.

Establishing waste reception facilities for inland navigation, Austria-Hungary-Croatia-Bulgaria-Romania, 2014.

PortExpertise identified the technical and managerial measures that can contribute to the minimization of ship generated waste. It evaluated the financial implications, presented an harmonized system for waste collection, and an indirect fee system for ship generated waste between the participating countries.

Testing of new innovative techniques for soil cleaning in EU-seaports, Antwerp, Belgium, 1996.

In the framework of the LIFE-program, PortExpertise realized a R&D study and tested new innovative techniques for soil cleaning in EU-seaports.

Drafting waste management plan for inland navigation for Flanders, 2009-10.

PortExpertise drafted waste management plan for inland navigation for Flanders, consisting of draft regulations for inland shipping and ports. Its experts consulted stakeholders, set up a model for the notification and enforcement of the MARPOL 73/78 Convention and the EU-Directive 2000/59. EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) uses today this model as the preferred model for Europe. It is an integrated IT-system where port authority, port state control and the environmental agency can verify and validate the data.

Defining ports waste management plan, Antwerp, Belgium, 2012.

PortExpertise prepared the waste management plan for the port of Antwerp in the frame of the EU-Directive 2000/59. It advised the port's general manager on different issues: investment promoter for especially chemical and petrochemical companies, redrafting of concession agreements; implementation of new EU-legislation on ships waste, customs, security measures in the frame of the ISPS-Code; ports of refuge; oil spill contingency plans and promotion of sustainable shipping. PortExpertise also organized training courses in “port environment” at the Antwerp port training center (APEC), dealing with ships waste, dredging, soil pollution, air quality, nature conservation and port security issues.

Environmental assessment for the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2, Vancouver, Canada, 2013.

PortExpertise and Canadian partner NSIP3 realized a federal environmental assessment for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project (Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (2012)). The project was evaluated against institutional and port related policies regarding sustainable development.

Study of alternative ships’ fuels, Antwerp, Belgium, 2010.

In the framework of a European project for greener shipping, PortExpertise analyzed the use of alternative ships’ fuels, such a s LNG and the use of shore side electricity.

Environmental, safety and security audit, Liepaja port, Latvia, 2004.

PortExpertise realized an environmental, safety and security port audit system in the port of Liepaja.

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