Sustainability is an increasingly important aspect in the maritime sector. Port terminals all around the world are optimising their facilities and equipment in a race toward environmental efficiency. The new eco-friendly terminals are focused on technology and systems that improve global port operability.
Just-in-time is one of the sustainability objectives that the IMO is promoting through industry meetings. Just-in-time sailing is based on measuring vessel arrival times to prevent unnecessary waiting before entering port. By knowing the time of entry, the vessel master can adjust the trajectory and reduce speed.
However, to develop just-in-time at a global scale, there is still much work to be done. In addition to certain contractual limitations that must be overcome, it requires the involvement of all agents acting in the port. Guaranteeing a reliable entry schedule depends on ensuring the exit time of the vessel that previously occupied the space.
With proper JIT application, we will achieve safe sailing, a reduced carbon footprint and fuel savings. In turn, this will be a huge boost for the IMO’S decarbonisation objective.
The eco-friendly port of Newcastle
The race toward sustainability is not just a challenge; it’s a competitive opportunity for ports. This is example set by the Port of Newcastle, in New Zealand, which has become the first member of EcoPorts in all Oceania. This distinction entails a commitment to compare its practises with global sustainability leaders, and also to encourage this environmental efficiency philosophy in the local maritime industry.
One of its noteworthy projects is a container terminal with electric and automatic cranes. This means zero diesel emissions and no sound pollution from the port’s land equipment. With a totally automated terminal,the port will improve efficiency andreduce its environmental impact.
But the sustainability programme goes further, allocating investments to care for and restore the surrounding natural habitat. This is an eco-friendly focus that includes managing environmental responsibility beyond what occurs within the port’s limits.
Sailing aids to reduce accidents
Port sustainability also includes reducing the accident rate. We must not forget that most risks of collision faced by vessels occur at port, either against other vessels or against the installations.
Given this situation, the berthing aid systems like Prosertek’s BAS play an important role in sustainable ports. A berthing aid system provides a series of tools and information that assist in manoeuvring, drastically reducing the risk of accident during berthing and undocking phases.
On the other hand, systems like the BAS also make port traffic more agile. This is great progress for ports who ascribe to the just-in-time philosophy, and the perfect complement for any terminal that wishes to acquire sustainable port infrastructures.