Thursday, October 4, 2012

POLA, APM Receive Lloyd’s List Awards

The Port of Los Angeles’ adoption and promotion of programs that reduce emissions from maritime sources has been recognized by London-based global shipping publication Lloyd’s List. The port recently received the Lloyd’s List Global Award in the Environment category, recognizing the port’s environmental leadership.

The award highlighted several of the port’s green initiatives and leadership efforts at both the regional and international level, including the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, which in 2006 established control measures for port-related ships, trains, trucks, terminal equipment and harbor craft and ties these measures to specific emissions reduction goals.

Two notable CAAP programs are the Clean Truck Program and the Vessel Speed Reduction Incentive Program, which have significantly contributed to emission reductions in and around the port.

“The fact that the Port of Los Angeles has supporting evidence of up to a 75 percent reduction in emissions since 2005 caught the attention of our judges,” Lloyd’s List Editor Richard Meade said. “The Port of Los Angeles is rightly recognized as an environmental leader and role model for other ports.”

Lloyd’s List, the leading international daily newspaper for the maritime industry, also cited the port’s record for promoting environmental innovation, citing the port’s annual funding of the Technology Advancement Program to encourage development of technologies to reduce maritime-related emissions. Over the past 12 months, TAP demonstrations have included an electric drayage truck, a Tier IV retrofit for locomotives and sea scrubbers on ships.

“This award is really the culmination of efforts by the port and its stakeholders,” Chris Cannon, the port’s director of environmental management said. “We could not have achieved these environmental milestones without the vision of our City of Los Angeles and port leadership, and the commitment of our industry and community partners.”

Others honored during last month’s ceremony included APM Terminals, which received the Port Operator Award. APM, which is based in the Netherlands, has numerous terminals in the U.S, including at the ports in Los Angeles and Tacoma.

“Our judges were impressed by the $3bn infrastructure investments made across the APM Terminals global network during the judging period, which now encompasses interests in 63 port and terminal operations in 37 countries and 155 Inland Services operations in 47 countries,” Lloyd’s List wrote in its award announcement. “But this was not simply an award of scale. The company's entry cited its commitment to sound growth based upon the highest standards of ethical and sustainable business practices, and our judges praised the company's tangible results when it came to lowering both accident rates and CO2 emissions.”