How can ports cut emissions to ensure cleaner air and contribute to the battle against climate change? An International Maritime Organization (IMO) training course is supporting countries to help find the answers, which include the need to first quantify emissions and then identify measures to reduce port-related emissions in a cost-effective way.
Maritime officials in Morocco are the latest to undergo the training, at a workshop in Casablanca (19-21 June). The event is being held under the IMO-run GloMEEP Project on energy-efficiency
and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).
More than 20 participants will be better equipped to quantify emissions in ports through development of port emissions assessments (both ocean and land-based, including emissions from cargo handling equipment
, trucks, rail etc.) and benefit from guidance on how to develop strategies for reducing emissions in port.
The event is being hosted by the Merchant Marine Directorate and the National Ports Agency (ANP), and held at APN’s Port Training Institute. The workshop included a visit to the largest port crane simulator in the world, a 270-degree dome-based system that enables crane operators to learn how to safely and effectively operate heavy port equipment.
The workshop is being run by IMO’s Astrid Dispert
and a team of IMO consultants from the Port of Los Angeles and the Starcrest Consultancy Group.