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How Shipping Ports can Become More Sustainable
Marine shipping drives 90 percent of global trade, moving over 11 billion tons of containers, solid and liquid bulk cargo across the world's seas annually.

Despite their economic importance, ports have adverse effects on the environment, including local air and water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, noise and air pollution, traffic congestion and widespread contamination of sediments. 

Shore power and alternative fuels have recently gained popularity among global ports because of stringent international regulations to reduce air emissions from ships.  Other ports monitor and report air pollution emissions, water quality, noise levels, habitat and wildlife impacts.


 

 
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