Ceuta, Spain (PortSEurope) December 1, 2020 – The Ceuta Port Authority renewed for two more years its PERS (Port Environmental Review System) certification before the European Organization of Maritime Ports (ESPO). This is a new step within the commitment that the port made towards an increasingly sustainable action and a policy of the entity focused on improving the city’s environmental conditions. With this certification, Ceuta remains
within the ‘Ecoports’ network, the main environmental initiative of the European port sector. The objective of this organization is to improve environmental management and raise awareness, through cooperation and exchange of knowledge between members. In Spain,cthere are only 8 port authorities with the PERS, with Ceuta being the last one to join in January 2019. The APC set itself the objective of being re-certified, for which it had to comply with standards set by the Ecoports Foundation. PERS certification requires the port to propose a series of measures to demonstrate effective environmental management. They range from identifying and monitoring environmental challenges to improving communication with the local community and increasing transparency, through the creation and publication of an environmental report. Also, obtaining the certification implies the principle of “continuous improvement”, which means carrying out new actions and innovative projects of an environmental nature. The APC contributed to this environmental improvement with the acquisition of the “USV Vendaval”, a vessel capable of carrying out missions in a totally autonomous way, including environmental surveillance and protection. The PERS certification system incorporates the specifications of the ports. This system is based on ESPO’s policy recommendations, which provide ports with clear objectives to aspire to, and its implementation is independently reviewed by Lloyd’s Register. ESPO, represents the maritime ports of the European Union (EU) and defends the common interests of its members, acting as an interlocutor of the enclaves before the European Commission. Its main mission is to influence the common policy of the EU, with the aim of strengthening the European port sector as a key element in the transport chain, offering greater security and efficiency, and allowing it to operate in a liberalized market, within the framework of a competitive and sustainable industry. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Ceuta (APC – Port Authority of Ceuta) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.