Contship takes the Green Lane
As part of its environmental and safety strategy, Contship has introduced the “Green Lane” at its La Spezia container terminal. The company explains why this has been established and how it will be developed in the future.
Contship, the Italian container terminal and intermodal operator, established its QSE (Quality, Safety, Environment) Division in 2000, with the aim of integrating safety and environmental aspects into its Management System. At that time, this was a completely new concept for its Ports and Terminals Division. A range of skills and resources were integrated into the Division, with the goal of integrating the three key aspects of: Quality, Safety and the Environment. In 2003, in only 7 months, La Spezia Container Terminal became the first Italian terminal to achieve ISO 14001 certification for environmental management. Meanwhile, QSE was working at the global revision of Job Safety documentation, from the Risk Evaluation Document, to the Training Manuals and Operative Procedures, always in close collaboration with workers and contractor companies. Thereafter, the Prevention and Protection Service evolved from being a formal “executor” of legal duties to taking an active part in the decision-making processes of the Company - most of all about prevention in the Safety Division and about overcoming the negative concept of “more safety = less productivity”. This process ended in February 2009 in achieving OHSAS 18001 certification, first Italian Terminal operator with a certified Integrated Management System Quality – Safety – Environment. On the environmental side, QSE focuses on
• The reduction of the impact of noise and powders
• Energy conservation
• increasing garbage differentiation
Noise reduction and powder control
QSE replaced all the acoustic signal systems, using a new-generation technology that works on high frequencies: these devices preserve the acoustic power near to the work area and reduce the disturbing effects on people who live next to the Terminal. In addition, QSE worked together with IAC Stopson, a multinational company specialising in industrial plant soundproofing, to reduce the acoustic impact of RTGs. QSE has also been working with terminal equipment manufacturer CVS to reduce the acoustic impact of reach stackers by introducing in the engine compartment a film named “Noisekiller” – but its effectiveness has still to be verified. QSE commissioned a complete acoustic survey of borderline emission values to an external specialist. This survey produced a 3D model of noise propagation that has been used in the:
• Acoustic impact check and determination of noise lowering actions
• Determination of the possible acoustic impact after the change of operative layout or the introduction of new container handling equipment Noise data are monitored yearly and, until now, produced the results below: Reductions reach, in some areas, 8.5 Db, that is an incredible score considering that acoustic power, which is measured on logaritmic base, halves every 3 Db. As far as powder control is concerned, after a long period of experimentation, Contship is systematically introducing into its terminals “Biofix”, an Eurovix product. This is a biofixing complex that mechanically works creating a film able to keep powders on the ground, to avoid their raising, thus making it easier to collect and dispose of the powders. It works well both on thin powders (PM 10) and on rough ones, those notice by workers. Using Biofix LSCT achieve to reduce fine dusts by 20-30% in yard and quay areas.
Energy conservation and garbage differentiation
A more careful and mature cultural approach, the replacement of engines with up-to-date technologies, the improvement of maintenance and the increase of productivity, led us to improved results in terms of diesel oil and electric energy consumption, and of carbon footprint: From 2003 to now, we improved garbage differentiation, getting as a result, a reduction of disposal costs and an improvement of proceeds from garbage sale, with a overall saving (between lower costs and higher proceeds) of nearly €45,000 per year. It’s revealing that, just in 2007, our first year of garbage differentiation, we salvaged nearly seven tonnes of paper. In 2008 LSCT salvaged more than 8, 1 tonnes.
Green Lane project
After introducing these new ideas, we recognised to the need to consolidate our activities and to give the level of visibility to the project that it deserved. This led to the introduction of “Green Lane”, which has become the organization managing some of the existing projects and the new ones – some of which have already been defined, but still open to future initiatives and ideas our medium-period projects are:
• To improve job safety and hygiene conditions and to reduce environmental impact of port activities on the city
• To improve understanding and cooperation levels with the stakeholders, including local authorities, vigilance committees, trade unions and also environmentalist associations, with which we can try to establish a dialogue
• To prove that the paradigm + SAFETY + ENVIRONMENT = + COSTS – PRODUCTIVITY is wrong. We must prove that it’s possible to work in safety, with lower environmental impact, assuring the same, or higher, levels of productivity and profitability of investments
• To contribute to the development of new technologies and good practices in the field of safety and environment, being consistent to the goal of improving our productivity performances and strengthening our leadership in these fields
• To develop targeted partnerships and co-operation with other market-leader companies concerning the given goals Green Lane is therefore a functional instrument for the above targets and has different concepts: the green one, of impact reduction; and the one linked with productivity. These are two sides of the same coin So Green Lane is:
A PHYSICAL PLACE:
An area of nearly 25,000 sq m, which will be equipped with the most up-to-date technology and good practice that exists in the market, to guarantee the maximum level of safety and to minimize environmental impact concerning port activities. This area will be used together with our leader partners to develop new technologies, check new products and show them to potential customers.
AN IDEAL PLACE:
A concept, a philosophy which LSCT wants to keep going to ensure excellence. In this place, we could have an internet meeting-place, where we can discuss, plan, meet each other to develop the most up to- date solutions applicable to port activities and able to reduce safety and environmental risks.
A COMMUNICATION INSTRUMENT:
It makes the relationship with all the stakeholders easier, allowing cooperation and sharing between different individuals. It also enables a diffusion of good practices in our division and keeps us present in all the events and sector-based publications.
A REPEATABLE INSTRUMENT:
We started the Green Lane project in La Spezia, because of the position of the terminal in the city and of the pressures in the environmental field (which allowed a quick growth in knowledge and awareness), the project can be easily extended to all the business units of the Contship Group.
The Green Lane project will develop new concepts, such as:
– Photo catalytic barriers and asphalt
– On site rain water treatment
– Electric and hybrid handling and transport equipment
– Wind turbines on cranes
– New terminal lighting systems
– Crane weight reduction Some partners, like CVS Ferrari, Eurovix, Control Techniques (Emerson), Siemens, Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Italy already confirmed their interest on the proposal concept. New partnerships and cooperation opportunities will be further evaluated on progress. For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
A presentation will also be made at the GreenPort 2009 Conference in Naples www.contshipitalia.com
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