ESPO Congratulates Port of Rotterdam for PERS Renewal

The APM container terminal at the Port of Rotterdam

The European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO) have congratulated the Port of Rotterdam, the Port of Le Hare, and the Port of Piraeus for renewing EcoPort’s environmental management standard (PERS).

Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO’s Secretary General, Eamonn O’Reilly, ESPO’s Chairman, and Sotiris Raptis, EcoPorts coordinator, handed over the PERS certificates to the ports’ representatives during the annual ESPO Conference in Rotterdam.

Ryckbost said: “I would like to congratulate the three ports for obtaining once more the environmental standard of EcoPorts (PERS).

“PERS certification is rewarding years of day-to-day engagement towards improving environmental management.

“The Port of Rotterdam, Port of Le Havre and Port of Piraeus have been members of EcoPorts for a long time now and have created their own tradition within EcoPorts.

“We encourage all ports to join EcoPorts and obtain the PERS standard.”

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Being PERS certified requires the ports to increase the transparency of its organization by making its environmental report publically available, enhance the relationship with local communities and boost market reputation across the supply chain.

The EcoPorts initiative currently has 94 members, with one third of the membership base having acquired PERS.

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