Ports Australia joins sustainability drive

Ports Australia has joined the WPSP Photo: Port of Melbourne Ports Australia has joined the WPSP Photo: Port of Melbourne
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Ports Australia has joined the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) in order to enhance and coordinate future sustainability efforts with other ports worldwide.

With the agreement signed, both signatories are expected to commence work in the near future in the fields of governance, the optimisation of vessel calls, environmental landside management and LNG bunkering.

“There has been a deep-rooted understanding and respect in Australia for our unique environments and the communities that rely on our ports,” said Mike Gallacher, Ports Australia’s chief executive.

“From solar power, to marine rehabilitation, eliminating toxic fire-fighting foam and building a resilient and diverse workforce, Australian Ports have much to be proud of and we want to share our experiences with the wider global port community.”

Global force

The WPSP is an initiative by the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH). Guided by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the programme aims to enhance and coordinate future sustainability efforts of ports worldwide and foster international cooperation with partners in the supply chain.

"The addition of Ports Australia is major step forward for us. Quite a number of their members have already embarked on initiatives that enhance resilient infrastructure, improve energy usage and focus on challenges directly related to climate change, safety and security, governance and community outreach,” said Patrick Verhoeven, managing director, IAPH.

He added that the WPSP will now actively encourage Australian ports to get involved in global projects including the Environmental Shipping Index, where Australia is already represented by NSW Ports.

Ports Australia represents some 80 Australian ports, which includes all of the country’s metro Ports. It also has six marine authority members, including several state-level departments for transport and infrastructure.

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