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Air quality in port of Amsterdam meets EU standard

  The air quality in the Amsterdam port area has remained stable in 2014 compared to 2013. This is shown by air measurements carried out daily by the Community Health Service (GGD). Particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2), ozone (O3), and benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) are measured daily at five different locations throughout the port area. Compared to 2013, the total amount of these substances has remained stable after having decreased for several years. The European standard has been more than met at all measuring points. The number of odour-related complaints has halved from 180 in 2013 to 90 in 2014. In order to reduce these complaints further, Port of Amsterdam has installed 43 e-noses in association with the North Sea Canal Area Environment Agency (NSCAEA), the Province of North Holland and port companies. These electronic noses detect changes in the air and are able to trace the source of possible odour nuisance. Furthermore the e-noses operate as an early warning system for possible incidents and in doing so contribute to an increase in liveability. The funding for the e-noses was made possible by the NSCAEA and the Province of North Holland. Source: Port of Amsterdam In ...

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Port of Amsterdam joined the Clean Shipping Platform

Port of Amsterdam has joined the Clean Shipping Platform as a new partner. Van der Weide: "We are committed to being a sustainable port. Joining this platform will enable us to share and gain knowledge and experience at an early stage and to promote and encourage making the maritime sector sustainable." Martin Dorsman, Director of the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners KVNR and Chairman of the Clean Shipping Platform, is pleased that Port of Amsterdam has joined the platform: "Ports play a key role in facilitating and promoting clean shipping and we are consequently proud that Port of Amsterdam wants to contribute actively to this process." About Clean Shipping Platform The objective of the Clean Shipping Platform, which was established in 2007, is to bring about a broadly-based exchange of knowledge and experience that could help reduce emissions. This aim is achieved by promoting partnership and knowledge-sharing with respect to the application of emission-reducing technologies. For this purpose the platform organises three to four seminars on current environmental themes within sea shipping each year. In addition to Port of Amsterdam, the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners KVNR, Netherlands Maritime Technology, TNO, MARIN, the North Sea Foundation and Port of Rotterdam are ...

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Port of Amsterdam to reward Green Award-certified barges

Port of Amsterdam will be joining the Green Award programme for inland barges on 1 January 2015, making it the first port to reward vessels based on their Green Award level. The level a vessel has attained – Bronze, Silver or Gold – will determine the discount on the Inland Harbour Dues its operator pays for Amsterdam harbour waters. The cleaner the vessels, the larger the discount on Inland Harbour Dues Port of Amsterdam’s membership in the Green Award programme is consistent with its sustained efforts to reduce its own impact on the environment and promote clean air, cleaner water and clean soil. The Port has been an incentive provider for sea-faring vessels carrying the Green Award certificate for many years now, and starting in 2015 the Port will also be giving discounts to Green Award-certified barges. The new Green Award requirements for inland navigation vessels came into force in June 2014 and introduced a number of new elements. The main difference with its predecessor is that there are different levels within the programme, with vessels being rewarded based on their performance. Vessels may be classified as Bronze, Silver or Gold depending on the number of points they have earned. ...

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Biomass volumes boost at the port of Amsterdam

Due to focus on renewable energy The port of Amsterdam is gearing-up for a boom in biomass volumes as a result of an increasing focus on renewable energy and new Dutch Government proposals which means that the port could see handling of biomass products rise from a current 1.5 million tonnes per annum to 6 million by 2020.To meet the expected growth in this sector, the port will allow existing fossil fuel terminals to expand but will not allow the building of any new ones as it increases its focus on bio-energy as well as cooperating with the port of Duisburg to redevelop a transhipment terminal to enable the storage and transhipment of biomass to Duisburg for customers from Amsterdam.Managing Director of the Commercial Department of Port of Amsterdam Koen Overtoom says the growth in European biomass demand is largely due to moves by Germany to phase out its nuclear power stations by 2022 and an increased focus by other European countries on energy sources that are less polluting than fossil fuels.But the port also hopes to benefit from proposals recently unveiled in the Dutch Government's Energy Report 2011, which include a requirement to make the use of some biomass ...

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