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Arpac Monitors Environmental Effects Of Dredging Operations At Salerno Port

Arpac monitors environmental effects of dredging operations at Salerno port

Arpac Monitors Environmental Effects Of Dredging Operations At Salerno Port

Salerno, Italy (PortSEurope) September 9, 2019 – Arpac, the regional environmental protection agency in Campania, has signed an agreement with Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro-Settentrionale (AdSP – Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority) to investigate the environmental effects of dredging operations in the port of Salerno.

Arpac will monitor noise and atmospheric emissions produced by the sediment handling operations at the port.

Excavation operations of the seabed of the Salerno seaport, scheduled to start sin November 2019, will remove over three million m³ of sediment with the aim of reaching a depth of 14.50 metres in commercial areas and 11.50 metres in passenger vessel parts of the port. 

The agreement signed includes, among other things, a forty-day air quality monitoring campaign, conducted with a mobile station located within the port area, with analytical determinations of PM10 concentrations, heavy metals and polycyclic hydrocarbons. The monitoring of the same parameters will be carried out before the start of the works, in order to assess the impact of the sediment handling operations on the concentrations of atmospheric pollutants. Arpac will also carry out noise measurements in the area of ​​operations.

“The theme of the infrastructural adaptation of the port system”, declares the president of the AdSP, Pietro Spirito, “passes primarily for the dredging of the seabed, an essential activity to ensure access to ships with adequate draft. This intervention also requires a series of preliminary and ongoing checks. The agreement signed today represents the coherent continuation of a collaboration path that has already led to a first monitoring of the type of sediment to be dredged. Today’s agreement”.

Source: Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro-Settentrionale

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