Tan Cang Cat Lai terminal receives Green port Award


On November 15, 2018, in Singapore, Tan Cang Cat Lai Terminal under Saigon Newport Corporation was awarded Green Port Award by the APEC Ports Service Network (APSN) Council..

Tan Cang Cat Lai Terminal is the first port in Vietnam received the award. Receiving the award this year, there are other ports that meet the GPAS criteria including Johor Port and Bintulu Port (Malaysia), Chiwan Container Terminal and Shekou Container Terminal (China), Batangas Port (Philippines), PSA (Singapore).

APSN awarded the first prize to the Ports for green port in 2016, including: Bangkok Port - Thailand; Jurong Port - Singapore; Ningbo Zhoushan Port, China; Port Klang, Malaysia; Singapore Port; Tanjung Pelepas Port, Malaysia; Qinhuangdao Port – China (branch No.6 of China).

The Green Port System (GPAS) program is an evaluation system for commitment to environmental protection, clean energy consumption, etc., for ports in the APEC region operated by the APEC Port Services Network (APSN). It represents the incessant efforts of the APSN in promoting the development of green ports in APEC region.  Having inspiration from Ecoports in Europe and Green Marine in North America, GPAS works as an evaluation system. However, it has been developed differently from Ecoports and Green Marine to be suitable to all ports in the APEC region. Since 2011, APSN has conducted two rounds of testing programs to test the evaluation plan, create implementation plan, and set up a group of experts on port to evaluate the proficiency profile meeting the green port criteria of the candidates. In 2016, GPAS officially launched. Candidates for GPAS may be port operators or Port Authority - companies and organizations that are implementing green programs to improve the environmental awareness during their operations over the past two years.

GPAS's goal is to encourage green and sustainable development in port industries and port - related industries. In particular, it aims to provide a platform for sharing best practices among port in APEC region, to enhance the profile of ports committed to implementing Green Port development programs and enhance the capacity for sustainable development

The Green Port Award is an acknowledgment of the APEC Port Community on the efforts of the Board of Directors and all employees of SNP in recent years to continuously renovate equipment by using clean energy, open training courses to raise the awareness of employees on environmental protection, sustainable development of port. From 2012 to 2015, SNP participated in a project implemented by German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) on "Sustainable Port Development in the ASEAN Region." The main objective of the project is to improve the safety, health and environment management of ports in the ASEAN region, thereby maintain the quality and sustainability of safety and environmental management. Port has many initiatives in improving the equipment from using diesel to national electricity. There are solutions to reduce dust in the air and reduce noise such as planting trees along berth and constructing internal roads in terminal to improve the landscape as well as improve the surrounding air environment, installing specialized waste water treatment system at repairing facilities... Especially SNP paid special attention to the training programs of staff on environmental protection in production and mass organizations such as the Labor Union, the Youth Union and Women Union organized many programs to protect the green, clean and beautiful environment.

The Green Port Award is a good news for SNP, an encouragement for the staff but also sets the mandate for them of ensuring commitment to sustainable green port development. Other terminals under SNP’s system are also trying their best in green port development to be the potential candidates for the GPAS award by APSN in the near future.