Environmental Management of Small Ports: Policy to Practice through shared experience

Following on from the presentation given by Dr Chris Wooldridge at The Coastal SIG’s meeting in London (26th April 2012), a workshop coordinated by East Sussex County Council was successfully held in Newhaven on 14th May, specifically designed for the exchange of knowledge, best practice and experience between port professionals and academic researchers. As part of the EC INTERREG IVC Programme, SuPorts (www.seinemaritime.net/suports/) focuses on the development of practicable tools and methodologies to assist authorities of small ports to comply with their environmental liabilities and responsibilities in a time and cost-efficient manner. With the objectives to:

  • Brief port professionals on the latest developments in port Environmental Management with special reference to small ports
  • Introduce the concepts and application of practicable tools for the development and implementation of effective Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
  • Provide the opportunity to apply the Tools to the special circumstances of participant’s own port and to exchange knowledge and experience with practiced colleagues from elsewhere

 It was planned that at the end of the session, participants would:

  • Be aware of environmental liabilities and responsibilities, and informed of the response options
  • Have experience of and access to the use of EcoPorts tools
  • Have knowledge of Port Performance Indicators and support network

Contributions were made by Herman Journee, (Chairman, ECO-SLC Foundation), Vicki Cass, (Environmental Manager, Port of Dover), and Dr Chris Wooldridge (Senior Research Fellow,Cardiff University). A written statement on port policy was provided by David Whitehead, OBE (Director, British Ports Association) and Cllr Roger Thomas, East Sussex County Council /LGA Coastal SIG provided local context. The programme included items related to sustainable development policies, Environmental Management Systems, and interactive training sessions for the exchange of experience and assessment of various options. Coordination was provided by Tom Schindl (East Sussex County Council/SuPorts).

Delegates included: Captain Francois Jean (Port of Newhaven), Captain Dave Collins-Williams (Port of Newhaven), Andrew Collumbell (Premier Marinas),James Bateman (Rye Harbou), Peter Davies (Shoreham Port) Paul Johnson (Shoreham Port) and Annie Carnegie (Port of Littlehampton)

 The Workshop was part of a series of events arranged in Italy,Greece and Spain to assist small ports through the SuPorts Project.

For more information on this event, please contact Tom Schindl (tom.schindl@eastsussex.gov.uk)

Dr Chris Wooldridge leading the workshop

Cllr Thomas and Anne Carnegie (Manager Littlehampton Harbour)discussing issues facing small ports and harbours.