We are getting a grip on material flows as a whole, and are aiming to minimise waste generation as early as in the purchasing stage, for example, through avoiding disposable materials and focusing on quality that lasts over time. We are also encouraging reuse of materials along with recycling and energy recovery throughout our operation, areas, in which, many of our customers operate.
Encourage separation at source
Waste management involves dealing with what the ships bring into port, in other words, waste from kitchens, engine-rooms and workshops on board, as well as contaminated water. Recycling points are located on the quays where the crews can separate their waste at source. In some cases economic incentives are offered to those who separate at source in the form of a discounted port charge.
Purchasing policy provides guidance
CMP has a purchasing policy which provides guidance and which, among other things, aims to reduce volumes of waste, for example, through avoiding disposable materials and instead focusing on products with a longer service life. Another rule of thumb in purchasing is to choose products made of recycled materials.
Simpler handling of waste water
Technical solutions are in place at the terminals for dealing with both black water that is flushed out from toilets, and grey water from baths, showers, washing-up and laundry. Traditionally, this water has been transported by tanker to the closest sewage treatment plants. Permanent facilities for wastewater have been installed at the new cruise terminal in Copenhagen. The cruise ships pump their wastewater to these facilities, which convey the water in pipes to the sewage treatment plant. Ships at some quays in Malmö can also pump their water directly to the city’s sewage system.
Oil analysis – saves money and the environment
In Copenhagen, regular analyses are made of the hydraulic oil in the work machines. This provides information on the quality of the oil, which, loses efficiency with time. The analysis enables improved accuracy so that the oil is neither changed too often nor too seldom. This contributes to lowering the maintenance costs, but also to reducing the environmental impact as there is less oil waste.