The conversion of Patras Port into a “green” port has been set as a goal by the administration of the Port Authority.
As stressed by the CEO of OLPA SA, Panagiotis Tsonis, “the Organisation actively manages all important challenges faced by Patras Port, always within the framework of its responsibilities.”
In fact, as Tsonis pointed out, “the goal of the Organisation’s management is to protect the environment and to strengthen environmental safety in relation to port activity.”
“The policies and decisions of OLPA SA”, continues the CEO, “are oriented towards the promotion of high standards that will improve the environmental performance indicators for our port.”
“The Organisation designs and promotes projects that encourage the environmental responsibility of Patras Port, while its priorities are to work with all to inform and raise awareness of environmental protection issues in the shipping industry,” he added.
Regarding the environmental challenges faced by Patras Port, these, according to OLPA, are categorised according to their type, while their management varies.
In particular, the categorisation of environmental challenges concerns the management of solid waste and liquid residues of ships, the treatment of noise and air pollution, and the protection of the sea.
In addition, it concerns the use of liquefied natural gas as marine fuel, the supply of electricity to the ships length of stay at the port, and at the same time the reduction of electricity.
In particular, the management of solid and liquid waste of ships arriving at Patras Port is done through certified providers, for the separation of waste, recycling and control of the final disposal.
For the issue of noise, sound measurements are performed four times a year by an accredited laboratory, in order to determine the most important sources of possible noise pollution.
The PPA has already submitted to relevant bodies for approval the planned environmental impact study, with the aim of constructing small LNG ship refueling unit within the port area.
Also, in collaboration with the University of Patras, it has installed a station for measuring air pollution in real time, while it also conducts periodic measurements for pollutant emissions.
At the same time, a meteorological station is installed inside the port.
The initiatives taken by OLPA include the process of finding resources for the possibility of providing electricity to ships during their stay on the quays of the port (cold ironing), in order to make the operation of their engines optional.
Regarding the protection of the sea, there is an installed water quality measuring station, with real-time measurements for conductivity, temperature, PH etc.
Also, periodic sampling measurements are carried out in collaboration with the University of Patras at least four times a year, for dissolved oxygen, heavy metals, polycyclic hydrocarbons, chlorophyll, etc.
Furthermore, Patras Port has an approved decontamination plan, as well as the necessary equipment to intervene in cases of oil and oil spills in the marine environment.
Finally, it should be noted that OLPA has proceeded to the removal of asbestos from the roof of a shed in the northern port, which is located opposite the residential part of the city.