Shipping emissions in ports
The opening of the expanded Suez canal is undoubtedly the most important topic of this week’s logistics news. At the same time several other ports are set for redevelopment and expansion, for instance Brazil’s Port of Açu, used primarily for crude oil and gas transportation. The costs of expansion are currently estimated at $814m (Port Finance International). Those projects certainly aimed at updating ports’ infrastructure and increasing handling capacity. The environmental concerns may not be a primary motivation, but are likely to be taken into account, particularly with private developers and long terms loan facilities involved. Carbon monoxide and mono-nitrogen oxide emissions are generally associated with road and air transport, but are rarely spoken about when it comes to sea carriage.