One of the key requirements of the standard is that the port present an overview of major environmental issues. This is to show the environmental impact of the port operations and to demonstrate the legal requirements that are necessary to reduce this impact. It also requires that the port has trained personnel and budgets to ensure improvement are achieved, and that performance indicators are used to measure results. Certification is awarded after a successful audit by the independent auditor Lloyd’s Register, Netherlands.
Operated by Global Ports Holding Plc (GPH), Ege Port Kuşadası received Ecoports PERS accreditation in May, which will be valid for a period of two years.
Environmental best practice to be applied at other GPH ports
Emre Sayin, Global Ports Holding CEO, said: ‘GPH recognises the improvements that cruise ports can make to become more sustainable. We are delighted that Ege Port Kuşadası has been recognised in this way and we look forward to applying this environmental best practice to the other cruise ports we operate worldwide.’
‘Ege Port Kuşadası is proud to be the first cruise port to meet the criteria of PERS certification,' said Aziz Güngör, East Med Ports regional director at Global Ports Holding. 'We are in a picturesque region of Turkey and our efforts in environmental care and sustainability will allow many more cruise passengers to experience its wonderful natural beauty.’
Christopher Wooldridge, science coordinator, EcoPorts & senior trainer, EcoSLC added: ‘We are pleased that Ege Port Kuşadası has become the first cruise port to meet the environmental criteria of PERS. Sustainability and environmental issues are growing concerns for the industry and we look forward to working with other cruise ports around the world to meet this standard.’
Ege Port Kuşadası, known as the gateway to Ephesus, hosted the 54th MedCruise General Assembly in May.