Waste & Pollution

Environmental Baseline Survey (EBS) for the Limassol Port for the purposes of the Commercialisation of Limassol Port [Contract No. MTCW / LP1 /2016]

CLIENT: Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works together with the private operators of Limassol Port: EUROGATE Container Terminal Limassol Limited, P&O Maritime Cyprus Limited and DP World Limassol Limited

The project of Commercialization of the Limassol Port is divided into three different parts with the relevant operations:

  1. The Container Terminal (Lot 1, 25-yr concession),
  2. The Marine Services (Lot 2, 15-yr concession), and
  3. The Multi-Purpose Terminal (Lot 3, 25-yr concession).

These parts are handled by the above three private companies/Concessionaires that were awarded Concessions (one) for each Lot by the Grantor (Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works – MTCW).

Each Concessionaire is operating a part of Limassol Port as defined below:

  • LOT 1 Container Terminal: Operator: EUROGATE Container Terminal Limassol Limited – Handling Containers
  • LOT 2 Marine Services: Operator: P&O Maritime Cyprus Limited – Offering marine services, i.e. pilotage, tug boats etc, to vessels approaching the Port
  • LOT 3 Multipurpose Terminal: Operator: DP World Limassol Limited – Handling General Cargo, Passengers and other relevant operations.

The main scope of the EBS is to record the environmental status of the port. The EBS will also be used for future comparison of the environmental changes inside the port area and for the assessment of condition at Handback as per the Concession Agreement. Concessionaires can also make use of the findings for recording any positive or negative effects to the environment during the Term of the Concessions while implementing their Environmental Monitoring Plans. The EBS includes investigative studies regarding existing contamination of the environment (soil, seawater and sea bottom sediments of the Limassol Port basin, atmosphere, noise and light) in relation to the indicated site locations/sampling points.

The Sampling and Environmental Analysis Plan at first describes the methodology that was used for the selection of sampling and measurement points, in order to cover all sites with the most suitable environmental parameters. Furthermore, the Sampling and Environmental Analysis Plan presents the equipment and the applicable international standards (ISO) and protocols to be followed for carrying out the required sampling/testing/analysis in each case. The Plan also indicates the allowable levels/ concentrations of the physicochemical parameters based on applicable law and regulations for the specific uses. In case that, such standards are not applicable, detailed description of the applied methods is provided.

The performed environmental survey had its limitations and constraints as per its original scope. These relate mostly to the limited period of time that was executed (i.e. two months) and its timing, which covered only two months of the year, more or less with the same characteristics (i.e. beginning of rainy season). These factors, reduce the confidence limits of the documented results, and do not allow for safe conclusions in the current Environmental Status of the Port, as per the sources and the documented concentration levels (high or low) of certain parameters. The observed results represent the environmental status of the Port, which corresponds to the specific conditions that were present during the sampling campaign. These conditions relate to the specific meteorological conditions, the given Port operations, and the ambient conditions around the Port, during the time of each sampling activity that took place during these two months.

Nonetheless, the results obtained can be interpreted into basic conclusions that can be withdrawn in respect and in relation to the historical and current operation of the Port.

In general, the main conclusion that can be extracted from the results obtained and the analysis performed is that no significant pollution levels in any of the examined locations were recorded, taking into account the type of use and activities that take place in the examined locations.

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