Apr 16, 2024 | Marine environment & clean shipping news

A new report from ABS and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) shows that although most North American ports have decarbonisation plans in place, there are significant challenges to advancing emission-reduction projects, including financial constraints, low technology readiness and physical space limitations.

Those are some of the key takeaways from the new ABS/AAPA joint publication, Port Decarbonization Survey: Trends and Lessons Learned. The report is based on feedback from AAPA members and represents the culmination of a collaboration between AAPA and ABS providing perspectives from both port authorities and vessel operations experts. 

Panos Koutsourakis, ABS VP Global Sustainability said: “ABS is actively involved in several infrastructure planning projects around the world, especially regarding shore power connection technologies and the electrification of ports. This report provides an important benchmark for ABS to understand the ability and interest in decarbonization infrastructure at US ports. ABS is uniquely positioned with our deep expertise in regulatory compliance and technological breakthroughs to bring together diverse maritime stakeholders to advance the conversation around sustainability and emissions reduction strategies.”

Cary S. Davis, AAPA President and CEO added: “Maritime is by its very nature a cleaner form of transportation, and this survey shows that various ports are already leading emissions mitigation efforts in alternative fuel and electrification options. AAPA intends to leverage this research to push for wise and realistic policies – with collaboration from public and private partners – towards an increasingly sustainable future for the port and maritime industry.” said .

Tiffoni Buckle McCartney, Manager Corporate Sustainability, Georgia Ports Authority and Chair of AAPA Environment Committee said: “The Georgia Ports Authority is dedicated to decarbonisation on a number of fronts, including through the electrification of cargo-handling equipment. This report will help port staff across the country learn from their colleagues, and it will help policymakers understand what is needed to advance port decarbonisation.”

The report can be viewed here.

Advertise with Clean Shipping International

Sign up for the Newsletter

Keep up to date with news and events in the industry.

We do not share your information with third parties and you can unsubscribe at any time.