Sustainable port solutions

A broad portfolio of sustainable port solutions. All are proven solutions covering the themes of port-waters, port-cities, port-hinterland and port-energy. The portfolio will continuously be updated and expanded on the basis of state-of-the-art insights.

1.

Ports and their waters

1.5

Settling basins and bioswales

Sustainable principle:

reduced pollution of port waters

Potential benefits:

Area attractiveness, Public health, Rich marine life

Description:
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Understanding and managing sediment and pollution sources around port basins is important to control water and sediment quality. Stormwater run-off can be a significant source of pollution and sedimentation, deteriorating water quality and driving up dredging costs. Through the use of settling basins or bioswales (landscape elements designed to concentrate or remove silt and pollution from surface water run-off) the influx in port waters can be limited significantly. Improved vegetative cover at embankments of riparian waters could also help reduce erosion and therefore limit sedimentation. At the same time all mentioned landscape elements can contribute to habitat creation.

Reference

PIANC report 150, 2014 – Sustainable ports

Relevant development goals:
  • index
  • 1.

    Ports and their waters

  • 2.

    Ports and their city

  • 3.

    Ports and their hinterland

  • 4.

    Ports and energy

1.5

Settling basins and bioswales

Sustainable principle:

reduced pollution of port waters

Potential benefits:

Area attractiveness, Public health, Rich marine life

Description:
Photo by: unknown

Understanding and managing sediment and pollution sources around port basins is important to control water and sediment quality. Stormwater run-off can be a significant source of pollution and sedimentation, deteriorating water quality and driving up dredging costs. Through the use of settling basins or bioswales (landscape elements designed to concentrate or remove silt and pollution from surface water run-off) the influx in port waters can be limited significantly. Improved vegetative cover at embankments of riparian waters could also help reduce erosion and therefore limit sedimentation. At the same time all mentioned landscape elements can contribute to habitat creation.

Reference

PIANC report 150, 2014 – Sustainable ports

Relevant development goals:
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