Zero emissions coal port is now real

27 November 2018

Retaining walls, a comprehensive dust suppression system, vacuum dust cleaners, solutions that bind dust particles, treatment facilities, road spraying, fog-generating units, telescopic conveyors, dust and wind protection shields… These and other advanced technologies for the minimisation of environmental pollution during ship loading of dusty loads in seaports of the subarctic zone were demonstrated and discussed during the sectoral session Environmental Safety of the Northern Sea Route on the first opening day of the Federal Arctic Forum 'Arctic Days in Moscow' on 21 November.

Andrey Kolodkin, Director of the Department of State Policy and Regulation in the Field of Environmental Protection and Safety of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, said that the Handbook of Best Available Technologies (BATs) would be amended in order to set requirements for ship loading and storage of coal in seaports.

The experience of Murmansk Commercial Seaport (MMTP) has become one of the most useful and compelling for session participants: the port managed to achieve a four-fold dust reduction during coal ship loading. At the same time, the company's General Director Alexander Masko emphasised that such efficiency was achieved only through the introduction of a whole range of BATs.

Representative of the Japanese Research Institute Nomura, Kumita Shoji, honestly admitted at the beginning of his speech that, at large, he had nothing more to add about the global practice of applying BATs in the field of environmental safety of ports, as the previous speaker A. Masko had already described everything by citing the example of his company.

The Clean Seas Foundation also shared its experience regarding the development of the Voluntary Certification System 'Clean Port Environmental Standards'. 'This standard enables an objective assessment of the environmental friendliness level of any port terminal and provides necessary recommendations,' Vasily Bogoslovsky, General Director of the Foundation, explained. 'We take into account, first of all, the existing many years' of experience, environmental legislation requirements and well-known best international practices of BAT application in the field of dust suppression,' he added.

Summing up a very extensive programme, we may quote the thesis of Deputy General Director of SUEK Denis Ilatovsky, who said, 'In a few years, we will not recognise the ports that we are currently operating. The best available technologies, I believe, will help set a new standard. In a few years, the problem will be virtually solved, and some ports will be able to claim the title of zero emissions ports.'

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