Port of Long Beach Named “Best Green Seaport”

Mike Schuler
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June 18, 2014

Ships berthed at Port of Long Beach. File photo courtesy Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach has been recognized as the “Best Green Seaport” in the world at the Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards held in China this week.

Known for its nearly 10-year-old “Green Port Policy,” the Port of Long Beach has succeeded in reducing its impact on the community, wildlife and the environment. The Port has overseen dramatic improvement in air and water quality with an array of environmental initiatives that include the Clean Trucks, Green Flag Vessel Speed Reduction and Technology Advancement programs.

The 28th annual AFSCA’s were held Tuesday in Shanghai and hosted by the shipping trade publication Cargonews Asia.

“This is an honor to be named the AFSCA’s Best Green Seaport. The Port of Long Beach has made great strides in reducing air pollution and improving water quality, and we are committed to doing even more,” said Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Doug Drummond.

The “Green Seaport” honor of the Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards is reserved for ports that have “demonstrated compliance with green freight transport regulations and environmental standards; investment in green initiatives, technology and action plans; incorporation of environmental requirements in strategic planning; use of a policy on reducing fuel emissions from freight handling operations; and ongoing training of staff in green initiatives and in measures to lower carbon footprints.”

Other winners included PSA Singapore Terminals, which grabbed two awards for Best Container Terminal Asia (over four million TEUS) and Best Global Container Terminal Operating Co. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore won the award for Best Seaport Asia for the 26th year and APL won the award for Best Transpacific Shipping Line.

HAROPA, Port of Le Havre, took the award for Best Seaport Europe for the fourth year running.

One surprise was the award for Best Seaport North America in which the Port of Savannah and the Port of Charleston came in tied.

The awards are based on an annual poll professionals in freight transportation services. Awards also are given in many categories, including best shipping lines, container terminals, air cargo terminals, airports and rail haulers.

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