Focus areas in 2012

CMP Malmö holds a permit for port activities under the Swedish Environmental Code. The permit enables the handling of up to 6,000 ships per year and is based on some 30 environmental requirements.

One of these requirements concerns emissions to land and water in Swede Harbour, which is home to a large part of CMP’s dry bulk operations. Investigations have revealed that surface water in the area contains heavy metals which can be conveyed further out into the dock in the oil port. To prevent this, CMP took the decision during 2012 to invest in a new surface water system in the area. When the new system is operational, all surface water will be channelled into what is known as the lagoon in Swede Harbour, where any heavy metals are deposited as sediment and collected for further treatment. Work on the new surface water system will start during 2013.

Another requirement for the environmental permit concerns noise in connection with the loading and unloading of goods, primarily car carriers. Additional measurements during 2012 show that noise levels in connection with specific wind conditions exceed applicable limit values and can consequently be regarded as disturbing for residents in the immediate vicinity. The results also show that these winds are very uncommon and that the bulk of the noise can be muffled if the doors to engine rooms are kept shut when the car carriers are in port.

During the year CMP has started to evaluate the possibilities of re-using material from the annual dredging that the company carries out to maintain the depth of the port facilities. The aim is to use this material as filling for a new area of land that is being constructed in connection with CMP’s terminals in Malmö. It involves between 3,000 and 8,000 cubic metres of dredged material that could be used every year as filler. This pilot project that CMP is conducting also involves the Swedish trade association Ports of Sweden. Many ports carry out dredging and are interested in evaluating whether this material can be re-used in a way that is economic and sustainable in the long-term.

CMP has continued to work on reducing its diesel consumption per tonne of handled goods. CMP has also continued its Eco Drive training programmes, which are paving the way for more fuel-efficient utilisation of CMP’s machines. Eco Drive has made a major contribution to cutting fuel consumption, leading to savings and reducing the environmental load. A number of work machines have previously been fitted with particle filters, which has reduced emissions and helped to create a better work environment.

CMP has also made extensive investments in new machinery during 2012. They are more fuel efficient and less polluting, and are expected to contribute to further reducing CMP’s diesel consumption. The new machines have also been fitted with particle filters, further reducing emissions.

Solar thermal collectors are used at the staff and administration building in Copenhagen to heat water for staff changing rooms. This has cut heating costs by seven per cent. At Prøvestenen water consumption can now be read remotely. This reduces the time it takes to respond to any spill or other disruptions in CMP’s section of the water system.