Quality of life: a clean and safe port region for local residents and businesses

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Port activity inevitably generates noise, odours, light and dust. We implement and promote measures to minimise any nuisance or inconvenience. This requires cooperation with customers, innovative solutions, and perseverance. 

 

Please report any complaints relating to nuisance in the Port or other issues to our North Sea Canal Area Environment Service ODNZKG.

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Odour
A total of 41 e-Noses (odour detectors) have been installed around the North Sea Canal and near oil terminals and other potentially odour-emitting businesses.

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The e-Noses detect changes in air composition, allowing businesses to take targeted measures. During loading and unloading at oil terminals, vapour recovery systems are used to capture product fumes emitted by vessels.


Noise
We contribute to significantly reducing noise at the source by investing in technology for businesses.

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Recent examples include replacing back-up beepers and investing in an electric crane on the Hembrugterrein site. We have also installed soundproofing insulation in homes in Zaanstad and provided new fundings for sound-insulating ventilation systems.


Promoting green fuel
We are involved in developing new, renewable fuels such as synthetic kerosene, which could potentially play a significant role in making the aviation industry more sustainable.

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Berths for barges, passenger ships and fishing boats are all equipped with shore power connections – this is both better for the environment and prevents noise pollution. We support European regulations for the compulsory use of shore power and encourage vessel operators to use LNG instead of diesel by offering them an additional discount on their harbour dues.


Fire safety
The Harbour Master’s Division has a supporting role in controlling fires by supplying fire extinguishing capacity with the vessels, along with a fire-extinguishing pontoon.

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Port of Amsterdam was involved in establishing the Veiligheidshuis (Safety House) facility, a shared fire station specialised in controlling industrial fires in order to improve fire safety in the Western Port Area. This facility is scheduled to open in late 2019.


Recreation
The port area offers numerous recreational opportunities. We are investing in a variety of projects,..

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...including the Ship visitor centre, cycling trails and various works of art in the Port (including kissing couple XXXL). We also host the Sail Amsterdam maritime event every five years.


Nature

Our Port is surrounded by Natura 2000 nature protection areas, including the North Sea Coastal Area and the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve. These areas are protected on account of their biodiversity and abundant plant varieties and animal species.

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Biodiversity in the Port continues to be improved with the addition of ecological corridors, a protective wall for swallows, fish-spawning areas, natural ponds and bat boxes. Area management policies are focused on keeping animals’ breeding places intact as much as possible, which has improved plant biodiversity in the process. We also monitor the disposal of ship waste, collect domestic water and wastewater free of charge, and facilitate large-scale waste collection. As part of the ‘Clean Waters in the Greater Amsterdam Area’ cooperation agreement, we and our partners are working on reducing litter in the various water bodies around Amsterdam. We also promote the practical use of sand and building materials released at building and demolition sites in the Port.


Dust

Five permanent measuring stations located in the greater port area measure air quality on an ongoing basis.

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Measurements by the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD) and the Bureau Luchtkwaliteit air quality agency provide us with information on air quality in our port area. Average levels of nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter (PM10) in the port area are comfortably within the standard of 40 μg/m3. While no standard limit has been set for sulphur, these levels are relatively low and have fallen over the past five years. However, we continue to monitor concentrations on a quarterly basis since 2016, so we can quickly detect any changes and intervene if necessary.


Liveability survey in North Sea Canal Area
The results of the large-scale liveability survey conducted among residents and recreational users of the North Sea Canal Area...

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...reveal that, while the Port and local industry do cause some degree of inconvenience, this has a very limited impact on the liveability in the residential areas and public perception of the recreational areas. The survey found that residents and recreational users perceive airplane noise as the main source of nuisance.
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Wind energy in the Port

Wind energy is currently the cleanest, safest and least expensive way to reduce carbon emissions. Through energy provider Amsterdam Energie, you can purchase green energy directly from our Ruigoord wind farm and, in doing so, contribute directly to making Amsterdam a more sustainable city. You also have the option to generate your own energy.

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We can tell you more

 

Milembe Mateyo

Director of Spatial Planning and Environment
Tel: +31 6 12415698
E-mail: milembe.mateyo@portofamsterdam.com

Marit Hooijboer

Project leader of Spatial Planning and Environment
Tel: +31 6 51233230
E-mail: Marit.Hooijboer@portofamsterdam.com