Australia

Ports Australia to give emphasis on sustainability

Ports Australia published a document highlighting sustainability. Named Ports and a Sustainable Australia, the report presents efforts from ports around the country to improve Australia for future generations. The report is separated into five categories provided by the World Ports Sustainability Program that sorts the UN Sustainable Development Goals in a way that can be applied to Ports.

Watch: Artificial reef to be installed underneath Sydney Opera House

A series of modular steel and concrete pods have been installed underwater around the Sydney Opera House to test the marine biodiversity improvement value of artificial structures. The initiative is a result of a three-year partnership between UTS, the Sydney Opera House and the NSW Government.

Research could improve design of Large Marine Protected Areas

A recent research paper attempted to identify the gaps in large Marine Protection Areas research, summarizing the research needed to inform the management and design of large MPAs. The Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project worked for this project with scientists from the University of Wollongong in Australia.

Australia invests A$329 million to transform Blue Economy

The Australian government announced launch of the largest ever Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to drive an evolution in marine-based industries, unlocking economic, environmental and technological benefits for a Blue Economy. 

Watch: New Zealand’s Port of Newcastle joins EcoPorts

Port of Newcastle has become the first port in Australia or New Zealand to commit to meeting global environmental and sustainability standards as set by EcoPorts. The port was this month granted membership of the International EcoPorts network, having completed assessments to benchmark its environmental and sustainability practices against 120 major ports across Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

World’s first installation of tidal turbines at port to take place

MAKO Tidal Turbines is about to install its MAKO.7 tidal turbine at the Gladstone Port Corporation’s (GPC’s) Barney Point Terminal in Queensland, Australia. This will be the world’s first installation of tidal turbines at a working port. Part of the installation program includes research to confirm the turbine will have minimal environmental impact on the local marine fauna.

Ports Australia joins World Ports Sustainability Program

Ports Australia accepted the invitation to join the World Ports Sustainability Program, an initiative by IAPH aiming to enhance sustainability efforts of ports worldwide and  foster international cooperation with partners in the supply chain, under the concept of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Australian ports take steps towards reducing ship emissions

In a bid to align with the ambitious targets on ship emissions reduction by 2050, Australian ports have started applying measures to encourage the industry to minimize GHG. In mid-May, NSW Ports announced introduction of an environmental incentive to apply to vessel related charges at Port Botany and Port Kembla.

NSW Ports to launch environmental incentive for ships

NSW Ports will apply an environmental incentive to vessel related charges imposes at Port Botany and Port Kembla. This initiative aims to reward higher standards of environmental performance in NSW ports. NSW Ports will most probably start from 1 January 2019. The incentive aligns with international approaches.

Australian port of Hay Point to pilot ship garbage recycling program

AMSA, in partnership with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation and Mackay Regional Council, has initiated a pilot program at the Port of Hay Point to investigate the feasibility of recycling garbage from international ships.

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