The Port of Seattle on the US West Coast says its goals to reduce pollution at the port are being met or exceeded.
The Port of Seattle on the US West Coast says its goals to reduce pollution at the port are being met or exceeded. According to results from 2009 the port's At Berth Clean (ABC) Fuels programme prevented around 68 metric tonnes of sulphur from entering the environment. The programme was devised by the Port and shipping lines in order to meet the goals of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy - a joint effort by the Ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver and their private sector partners to reduce maritime related air emissions.
Ships are encouraged to switch to low-sulphur fuel (0.50% or less) in their auxiliary engines while calling at the port.
"The goal of our environmental efforts has been to reduce impacts on public health and the environment while maintaining a vibrant seaport," said Sarah Flagg, environmental manager at the Port of Seattle.
"We worked with our partners and customers to develop a collaborative, fact-based programme to reduce emissions from goods movement," Flagg added.
Other clean air efforts introduced at the port include retrofitting cargo-handling equipment to reduce particulate matter emissions by 25% to 50%.
"When a prior study showed that 75% of the excess cancer risk from air toxins comes from diesel, a critical component in any working port, the Port of Seattle began working with local organisations, initiating and leading efforts to curtail these pollutants," the port said in a statement this week.
"The result was the 2005 Puget Sound Maritime Air Emissions Inventory, the most comprehensive maritime air emissions inventories ever conducted and the first to include greenhouse gases. This collaborative effort was a partnership of the Port of Seattle, US EPA, American Lung Association of WA, PSCAA, and the WA State Dept. of Ecology," it noted.