PORTS Australia, Gladstone Ports Corporation and Port of Brisbane have been listed as finalists for the International Association of Ports and Harbors World Ports Sustainability Program 2020 Awards.

Meanwhile Solomon Islands Port Authority was listed as a finalist in the section of Climate and Energy, for its Green Ports Project.

Australian and South Pacific nominations:

  • Climate and Energy; Solomon Islands Port Authority (Green Ports Project)
  • Resilient Infrastructure; Port of Brisbane (NCOS Online)
  • Community Outreach and Port City Dialogue; Port of Brisbane (Offsite stormwater management and migratory seabird monitoring) and Port of Gladstone (sustainable sediment management)
  • Governance and ethics; Gladstone Ports Corporation (indigenous affairs strategy), Ports Australia (ports and a sustainable Australia) and Port of Brisbane (marine cadetship).

Ports Australia CEO Mike Gallacher said they were “extremely proud of our Ports and a Sustainable Australia report last year”.

“We’re now even prouder of it being judged against the world’s ports sustainability projects and in the running to win an award which carries significant global recognition,” Mr Gallacher said.

“We realised very quickly when creating our Sustainability Report that the efforts being made across the country in the scope of sustainability are undeniable and deserve acknowledgment. Our members who are continuing with their push for a sustainable future are the reason the report exists, and for that I thank them.

“I’d like to congratulate the Port of Brisbane and Gladstone Ports, both of whom have multiple entries in the running. Our newest international members, Solomon Islands Port Authority are also among the candidates and I wish them all the best.

“We’re incredibly proud that we can help represent Oceania’s focus on a sustainable future for the port industry and the communities its ports reside in.”

IAPH managing director Patrick Verhoeven praised the quality of entries this year.

“We are delighted again to have so many innovative and diverse projects added to the WPSP portfolio,” Mr Verhoeven said.

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“As we envisioned when we launched the program, we now have the most coherent and up-to-date global database of port-related projects on sustainable development.

“The practical examples given by each project can serve as inspiration for ports seeking to integrate the UN Sustainability Development Goals into their strategy and day-to-day business.”

Winners will be announced during the World Ports Conference Gala Dinner, held in Antwerp, Belgium, on 18 March.

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