Baltimore to host 2018 GreenPort Congress

The port (pictured) is the first in North America to host the conference Photo: Kevin Galens/flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 The port (pictured) is the first in North America to host the conference Photo: Kevin Galens/flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) has announced that the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore will play host to the GreenPort Congress in 2018.

The event, which will be held at the Baltimore Convention Centre from May 16 to 18, will make the port the first in North America to have hosted the conference.

Sessions at the Congress will focus on a number of maritime environmental topics including smart ports, land redevelopment and the future of commerce vessels.

The Port of Baltimore has been recognised for environmental efforts for a number of years and was recently named a Green Supply Chain partner by Inbound Logistics magazine, which specifically recognised the port’s work regarding dray trucks.

Under a Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant from the US Department of the Environment, over 170 of the port’s older dray trucks were replaced with newer and cleaner vehicles, and the grants also funded exhaust system upgrades or replacements on up to 26 pieces of cargo-handling equipment.

MDOT MPA’s other environmental initiatives include its use of sediment from shipping channels leading to the port to restore wetlands and eroding islands, its cleaning and restoration of a shoreline at Masonville Cove in Baltimore in 2008 and its efforts with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to restore native oysters at the Chesapeake Bay.

“This is an important event for the maritime industry and a great opportunity to share the ongoing success of the Port of Baltimore,” said Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan.

“We look forward to hosting Greenport Conference and welcoming those leading environmental efforts around the world to Maryland.”

For more information and to register for the conference, visit www.greenport.com/congressamerica.

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