HAROPA - Port of Le Havre has just obtained renewal of the PERS (Port Environmental Review System) certificate granted by the EcoPorts foundation. This certification created by European ports is specific to port environmental performance; it aims to certify the correct management of the environmental standards and rewards the involvement in processes and the initiatives set up by ports. 

The PERS is granted for two years to ports which submit a detailed report which is then studied according to precise environmental benchmarks the auditors from the Lloyd’s Register. The PERS sets strict requirements to ports in line with the ISO 14001 standard and relying on the political recommendations of ESPO. The first certification for Le Havre took place in 2016.  

The official PERS presentation will be held in the course of the Rotterdam conference on May 31st and June 1st, 2018.  
Examples of measures set up by HAROPA - Port of Le Havre:
In 2014, HAROPA- Port of Le Havre and ports in the Seine Bay initiated a collaborative approach within the scope of the “SAFE SECA” project, the purpose of which was to contribute to develop the use of alternative and competitive marine fuels in full safety. The ports along the Seine corridor and in the Seine Bay have become the first French ports to provide specific regulations for LNG refuelling drawn up upon the basis of a survey on hazards. This is within this scope that the AIDAPrima cruise ship has been refuelling since 2016 in LNG during its weekly calls at Le Havre.  
What is EcoPorts ?

EcoPorts is the main environmental initiative of the European port sector at first funded by the European Commission. Launched by proactive ports in 1997, the EcoPorts foundation has been entirely integrated into the European SeaPorts Organization (ESPO) since 2011. The main assignment of EcoPorts is raising awareness about environmental protection by cooperation and sharing of knowledge and environmental management.

What is ESPO ?
The European Sea Ports Organization is the main interface between European ports and European institutions and their decision-makers.
ESPO represents the port authorities, port associations and port administrations of the seaports in the 23 member states of the European Union and Norway at the political level of the EU. ESPO has also observer members in Iceland and Israel.

About HAROPA - Port of Le Havre

Owing to an outstanding location on the West-European sea board, HAROPA - Port of Le Havre, =?1 French port for  external trade and 5th largest North-European port for container trade, accommodates each year around 6,000 vessels among which the world largest containerships. Accessible 24/7 without any limitation of tide, it handled over 70 million tonnes of cargo in 2018 and 40 % of the French imports of crude oil.

Being a member of HAROPA, =?1 French port system, together with the ports of Rouen and Paris, Port of Le Havre offers an easy and fast gateway to all continents for all world major shipping lines with around 700 ports of call. As one of the biggest European port systems, HAROPA has about 500 hectares of available land and estate reserves along the Seine corridor. It helps its customers setting up and managing competitive and sustainable logistics systems to serve the N° 1 European consumer basin with 25 million inhabitants. www.haropaports.com