On 19 September workshops representing and summing up results gained during a three-year project called “EnviSuM - Environmental Impact of Low Emission Shipping: Measurements and Modelling Strategies”, whose PoGA S.A. was associate partner, were held at the official seat of the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A.
The project is co-financed by INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 from the European Regional Development Fund. The international, multidisciplinary consortium of the project consists (apart from the Maritime University of Szczecin) of prestigious universities and research entities from Finland (University of Turku, Finnish Meteorological Institute) and Sweden (University of Goteborg and Chammers Technical University). The project’s budget is slightly more than 3,222,000 Euro. The co-financing amount for the completion of the project by the Maritime University of Szczecin is nearly 350,000 Euro.
Within the project works a mathematical model to determine emission amount from ships has been developed on the basis of data from 2014 on ship calls, including data from the Port of Gdynia. In 2017 emission measurements from ships at the Port of Gdynia were taken. The project’s objective was to develop a method of measuring and assessing the impact of sulphur emission from ships on the environment and to examine air quality in the Baltic Sea region. Results achieved in the project will become the basis to develop and implement new, sustainable solutions improving the condition of air and recommend further legal regulations on limiting emission.
Read more info about the project at https://projects.interreg-baltic.eu/projects/envisum-16.html
Being a modern company, the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. takes active part in different initiatives aiming at minimizing the impact of the port activity on the environment. Its most important activities are:
- Participation in the “COMPLETE Completing Management Options in the Baltic Sea Region to Reduce Risk of Invasive Species Introduction by Shipping-Complete” project. The project’s objective is to minimize the introduction of alien species by sea through development of coherent tools and recommendations for the Baltic Sea region at the regional and international levels regarding control and management of ballast waters and organisms growing on vessel hulls.
- Participation in the HELCOM Cooperation Platform on Port Reception Facilities (PRF) in the Baltic Sea, whose task is monitoring and protection of the natural environment of the Baltic Sea. Due to the fact that stricter requirements regarding discharge of wastewaters from passenger ships and ferries on Baltic adopted by MEPC 2009(62) resolution on 15 July 2011 will become applicable on 1 June 2019 for newly-built ships and on 1 June 2021 for all remaining ships, recently the group’s main task is to discuss problematic technical issues and operational aspects of transferring wastewaters to port reception facilities.
- Participation as an associate partner in “SBOIL South Baltic Oil Spill Response Through Clean-Up with Biogenic Oil Binders” project, whose aim is to apply green technologies to limit polluting discharges in the Southern Baltic area.
Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. specialists are also members of an environmental group within the Baltic Ports Organisation - BPO.
Please be also reminded that at the beginning of September this year, a new comprehensive yetiSense system to monitor air pollution emission has been introduced at the Port of Gdynia. This intelligent system created by SeaData monitors the quality of air in real time, displaying all data in an attractive form, alarming the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. in case permitted levels are exceeded.
Air monitoring may be observed in real time at the Port’s website: https://www.port.gdynia.pl/pl/ochrona-srodowiska/monitoring-srodowiska and http://yetimap.com/#PortGdynia [yetimap.com].