Further recognition for Aberdeen Harbour – Fishupdate.com

Further recognition for Aberdeen Harbour Published:  13 April, 2007

David Whitehead and Patrick Jordan

ABERDEEN Harbour Board has achieved an important double in international recognition for the high environmental standards maintained in operating the busy port.

The award of a new Ecoports certificate confirms that Aberdeen’s Port Environmental Review System (PERS) has been reviewed by Lloyds Register, Rotterdam, and meets the standards defined by the EcoPorts Foundation.

Aberdeen was the first Scottish port and the fourth in Europe to receive the original certification and the ranking has been repeated in the recertification which is required every two years.

The certificate was presented by David Whitehead, Director of the British Ports Association and a Board member of the Ecoports Foundation, to Patrick Jordan, the Harbour Board’s Environmental Advisor.

Eighteen certificates have been awarded so far to UK ports. David Whitehead said: “It is great to see the UK using the scheme so positively. When we started we never knew how high up the political agenda the environment would climb. Ecoports provides a proven way of facing up to the challenge.”

Participating ports have found that the process of Self Diagnosis Methodology (SDM) – designed to produce an audit of a port’s environmental strengths and weaknesses – and PERS have created great benefits, both internally and externally.

Patrick Jordan commented: “There is a lot of good work out there, but something that is often lost is how this is demonstrated. The SDM process has given us a benchmark against which we can assess progress and it backs up Aberdeen’s full scale monitoring programme and our commitment to high standards.”

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