10 February 2020

Port Gdynia with concern for the environment

Green shipping becomes extremely important in 2020. Ships are no longer  just a means of  transporting goods and people at sea, but are also a potential instrument for maintaining ecological environment. Maritime expersts are looking for ways to realize this by implementing various programs, creating innovative technologies and testing alternatives fuels.

A thriving business combined with care for the environment is today a standard that attracts more customers. While realizing bold investments we cannot forget about natural resources. The Outdoor Port is a large-scale project, which we implement as part of sustainable development. Satisfying the needs of all stakeholder groups will ensure an efficient course of the investment, which will primarily benefit local business and the people of Gdynia – comments Adam Meller – President of the Port of Gdynia Authority SA.

Pro-ecological solutions are also visible in the owners of cruise ships calling at the Port of Gdynia. The vessels are more and more often equipped with innovative solutions to reduce fuel consumption, such as the under-hull air curtain reduces fuel consumption by 5% or the sea speed silicone paint, thanks to which the vessel achieves 10% fuel savings. Currently, the Port of Gdynia has a service of bunkering ships with green LNG fuel on preferential terms. So far, this operation has been performed 12 times.

The Port of Gdynia completed the process related to the inventory of water areas and areas designated for the implementation of the road-rail system to the Outer Port. The implementation of the project will not cause any disruption in communication between individual areas within the Natura 2000 network. Within the framework of sustainable development from 2021 The New Public Ferry Terminal in the Port of Gdynia will be possible to power the ships during the stopover from land, which will result in a total reduction of exhaust gases.

From the 1st of January, 2020, the global limit for sulfur content in heating oil from ships will be reduced to 0.50% (from 3.50%). The new limit is part of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), a key environmental agreement under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – a specialized United Nations agency responsible for the development and adoption of standards for the prevention of ships pollution, as well as the safety and efficiency of shipping.

A global regulation that will significantly reduce the emissions of harmful sulfur oxides (SOx) from ships will bring significant benefits to both human health and the environment. As a result, it is expected to reduce stroke, asthma, lung cancer, cardiovascular and lung diseases. Reducing sulfur emissions from ships will also help prevent acid rain and ocean acidification, benefiting crops, forests and aquatic species.