Port operator supports Manila Bay clean-up
Port operator Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) has said it will support multi-sectoral efforts to clean up Manila Bay.
The work will be led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), said ATI, which operates international gateway port Manila South Harbor.
“Protecting the sea is of paramount importance to ATI. Ensuring the sustainability of Manila Bay, a major livelihood source for the community and a vital trade waterway for the country, is key to a vibrant economy,” ATI executive vice president William Khoury, said.
“We are ready to support government in this gargantuan effort, on top of initiatives we have already institutionalized in our own private capacity for the bay’s preservation,” he added.
As part of its Environment Management System at Manila South Harbor, ATI has been using two wastewater treatment facilities, including oil and water separators, to cure effluents generated during cleaning of port equipment and facilities. Treated water are then reused for other purposes. A third wastewater treatment facility is set to be completed within the year.
In 2017, ATI invested in its own inflatable oil spill boom system, ready for deployment in case of a maritime spill. The company’s other infrastructure and initiatives include the provision of emergency shut-off valves at the terminal drains and a partnership with Bantay Kalikasan (Nature Watch) for recycling and disposal of used vehicle batteries.
The company also regularly clears flotsam in Manila Bay and sends hundreds of employee volunteers to coastal clean-up drives.
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