Ports constitute an important economic activity in coastal areas. The mobility of passengers and freight is fundamental to economic and social activities. Although, it is probably considered the less harmful kind of transport, shipping also has a negative environmental impact both in ports, as well as in the immediate vicinity of the ports. Examples of these impacts are noise from ship engines and machinery used for loading and unloading, exhausts of particles, CO2, NOx and SO2 from the ship’s main and auxiliary engines, and dust from the handling of substances such as grain, sand and coal. Road and rail traffic to and from the port area cause additional environmental problems.

Bettair allows to perfectly know
the environmental impact of ports

New directives are forcing ports to be more green as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulation to reduce sulphur oxides (SOx). From 1 January 2020, the limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships operating outside designated emission control areas is reduced to 0.50% m/m (mass by mass). This will significantly reduce the amount of sulphur oxides emanating from ships and should have major health and environmental benefits for the world, particularly for populations living close to ports and coasts.

Bettair® platform installed in the perimeter allows to perfectly know the environmental impact of the port and assess the effect of the mitigation actions applied in order to identify the most cost-effective ones.