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GRRinPORT – Activities February 2020

GRRinPORT – Activities February 2020

Source: Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Di Sardegna
Press Release – GRRinPORT – Activities February 2020 GRRinPORT22 MONTHS OF ACTIVITY FOR SUSTAINABLE WASTE AND WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT IN PORTS The partners are continuing their activities under the GRRinPORT (Sustainable Management of Waste and Wastewater in Ports) project and, in the meantime, opportunities to promote the project are increasing. The project. GRRinPORT, is a 36-month project started in April 2018. Its objective is to improve
the quality of marine waters in ports by limiting the impact of port activity and maritime traffic on the environment. Water pollution, the main negative effect of the current waste and effluent management system in the port area, stems mainly from the lack of information and awareness among port users, the lack of waste and effluent delivery infrastructure in ports, but also the need for users to adapt to different rules and procedures in each port/country. In this scenario, the project aims to relocate port facilities in an eco-sustainable and eco-innovative context with a cross-border cooperation approach, based on certain elements of innovation. Activities over the past few months. The DICAAR (Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering) at the University of Cagliari is identifying areas where absorbent materials can be installed, at low cost and with reduced environmental impact, for the containment and disposal of hydrocarbons and other substances accidentally discharged into port waters, as provided for in the corresponding pilot action. The DiSB (Department of Biomedical Sciences) at the University of Cagliari is working on characterizing the physiological properties and ecology of new bacterial strains previously selected by the Port of Cagliari CBC MED MAPMED project. Current activities demonstrate that these are bacteria that have never been studied before and have the ability to degrade toxic hydrocarbons that can persist in marine sediments for a very long time. The bacteria will be used in GRRinPORT to accelerate decontamination treatments for port sediments. DiSB defines which anthropogenic pollutants (e.g. metals, hydrocarbons) have an effect on bacterial communities that naturally colonize port waters and sediments, with the aim of identifying methodologies for monitoring the quality of port water based on bacterial communities. DICAAR also analyses the interventions that will be proposed in the Action Plan for Sustainable Wastewater Management in Ports: among these, the area equipped with the suction system and the transport of wastewater from ships whose positioning is being evaluated with Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Di Sardegna (AdSP – Sardinian Sea Port Authority). After the port of Ajaccio, the ports of Livorno and Cagliari will also have stations for the separate collection of used vegetable oils. The location of these areas and the differentiated waste collection areas on the piers and wharves dedicated to boating in Cagliari, Livorno and Ajaccio will be communicated through the application prepared by MEDSEA will soon have an update. The Department of Energy, Systems, Territory and Construction Engineering (DESTEC) at the University of Pisa has completed the analysis of sediment sampling activities to identify dies with levels of pollution for both electrocinessia remediation tests and biological tests (Enhanced Landfarming) at the port of Piombino. In addition, two types of laboratory-wide tests were conducted, electrocinesia and Enhanced Landfarming, which led to bacterial and fungal ecology studies on the biological degradation process of heavy hydrocarbons. DesTEC has also begun to implement bench systems and a series of pilot tests is planned in the “reactor box” dedicated to the desTEC-UNIPI headquarters. The design work of the pilot electrocinessia facility has been completed and the first tests have begun, both in white (with a reference sample) and hot (after testing the facility itself). More information will be available on the project’s website: New opportunities for collaboration. ISPRA participated in a discussion table promoted by project manager Sediterra, INSA (Maritime It Project/FR). The purpose of the meeting, held in Lyon on 4-5 February 2020, was a technical and analytical comparison with other partnership realities and a specific development of data obtained from the application of different contaminated sediment treatment techniques during which the analytical results of the experimental port sediment treatment trials, conducted by ISPRA in Livorno through the facility through the facility, were also presented. mechanical separation pilot and compared to those carried out by INSA in Toulon. Future activities The production of reports on the conclusion of studies on sediment, wastewater and waste management; the final version of the smartphone app to geo-refer to sites and areas where there are separate waste collection systems, with reference to fractions collected; organizing awareness-raising activities at the project’s three ports on the collection service of used vegetable oil by fixed collection stations, accompanied by a contextual distribution to boaters of special containers for the collection of used vegetable oil to be emptied in fixed stations; definition of areas equipped for the treatment of contaminated dredging sediments and for the monitoring of innovative materials, based on circular economy; and for the absorption and biodegradation of hydrocarbons. The partners. GRRinPORT’s partners are the University of Cagliari – as a leader – with DICAAR (Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering) and DISB (Department of Biomedical Sciences), the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Agency Regional of the Sardinia River District, RAS-ADIS), the MEDSEA Foundation (Mediterranean Sea and Coast Foundation), University of Corsica Pasquale Paoli (Lisa Laboratory – Umr CnrS6240 Places, Identities, eSpaces and Activity), Office of Transport Corsica (OTC), University of Pisa ( DESTEC – Department of Energy Engineering, Systems, Territory and Construction) and Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA – Experimental Section for Evaluation cnS-COS-owned ecological hazard, Livorno). Source: GRRinPORT

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