The Port Authority of Las Palmas considers it to be vital for individual environmental awareness raising to exist and to be publicised when environmental management actions are performed. Therefore, within its objectives, the inclusion of environmental preventive approaches is mandatory in all activities which may cause risks for the environment, where the good practices of each individual will form part of the mechanism of the prevention system.
The Port Authority of Las Palmas (APLP) has established an Environmental Surveillance Programme and set it going, in order to identify and control the environmental quality of the Port of Las Palmas and its vicinity.
To do so, it has borne in mind the regulations which are applicable and the Programme of Recommendations for Maritime Work (ROM), specifically ROM 5.1. Quality of Coastal Waters in Port Waters.
This surveillance programme enables the performance of monitoring of the environmental compliance of the port and of the main environmental features of the organisation, along with monitoring of the associated environmental risks, which in turn contributes to the maintenance of its Environmental Management System.
WATER AND SEDIMENT QUALITY
Water Quality Report (annual)
A PORT WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE IN WASTE MANAGEMENT: A CLEAN PORT
- WASTE MANAGEMENT IN PORT FACILITIES.
The Port Authority of Las Palmas has focused principally on the management of waste generated in the port area, encouraging recycling and selective classification of waste.
The APLP has provided users of the port of Las Palmas with a service of selective rubbish collection. Containers have been installed for Solid Urban Waste (RSU), for packaging, paper and glass.
In order to give suitable treatment to the various types of rubbish generated within the grounds of the port of Las Palmas, various "recycling islands" have been distributed in strategic places. These islands house containers of different colours for packaging, glass, paper and cardboard, and the remaining non-toxic waste. The aim of the recycling islands is to provide access to waste collection points, to encourage awareness in companies of care for the environment, and to classify waste for its subsequent treatment.
In addition, so that workers can become participants and become used to managing the waste that each one generates in the course of their activity in a suitable and responsible manner, containers have been distributed around the inside of the facilities of the Port Authority, both for non-toxic waste (paper/cardboard, packaging, glass, organic matter) and for waste that has greater negative impact on the environment (batteries, ink and toner cartridges, electronic equipment).
In the Marina Dock, where the number of small vessels increases every year, users of the vessels have been provided with two 2,500 m3 containers 3 for used engine oil and containers for the management of edible oils. The objective is, as well as to offer a quality service, to prevent the risks of this waste, guaranteeing a clean port at the service of citizens.The objective is, as well as to offer a quality service, to prevent the risks of this waste, guaranteeing a clean port at the service of citizens.
- MARPOL WASTE MANAGEMENT.
The European Union and its member States, in order to reduce contamination of its seas - within its general policy of environmental protection -, gives special relevance to the limitation of discharge of waste from ships into the sea.
In Resolution dated 29th April 2015, by the Port Authority of Las Palmas, which publishes the approval of the Bill of Specific Prescriptions of the Port Service of reception of waste generated by ships in the post managed by the Port Authority of Las Palmas.
In addition, the Port Authority has its own Programme for Reception and Handling of Rubbish Generated by Ships and Cargo Waste, in line with current legislation. Waste products regulated for reception are: hydrocarbons and oily water, waste-water, waste products and rubbish.
The service is provided 24 hours a day/365 days a years, in the various delegations running in the Ports of: Las Palmas, Arrecife and Puerto del Rosario. In this way, marine contamination is prevented and the biotic environment is conserved. In addition, care of the port coastal area is not only important because of its effect on the environment. Another consideration is that Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a city which opens onto the sea, and its citizens enjoy the nearby beaches.