Aqaba Container Terminal Nominated Finalist for Lloyd’s List HPH Environment Award
Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) - a joint venture between APM Terminals and the Aqaba Development Corporation based on a 25-year built-operate-transfer agreement signed in 2006 – recently announced being nominated as finalist for South Asia, Middle East and Africa “HPH Environment” Award for the third consecutive year. Over the years, ACT has promoted a conscious environmental friendly approach to its business operations as it grew to become the logistical and economic backbone of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone and the preferred gateway to Jordan and the Levant Region.
As a result of its efforts to become more ecofriendly than ever before, ACT continues to be the only port running on the ISO 14001:2015-certified Environmental Management System (EMS) in Jordan and the first terminal in the Middle East and only the second outside of Europe to operate under the coveted EcoPort label with an effective Port Environmental Review System. Additionally, ACT was granted certification of environmental compliance with zero violations by the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) in recognition of its work to ensure a cleaner environment for the surrounding community and the Kingdom as a whole.
With a two-year JOD 135,560 investment to be used solely for environmental protection and setting related goals and monitoring them throughout the year, throughout 2016 ACT met and exceeded countless objectives related to energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and waste production. Regarding energy, the terminal’s efforts taken towards installing LED lighting and establishing systems that control heavy machinery fuel consumption culminated in electricity consumption dropping by over one million kWh, constituting an 8% decrease from 2016, and fuel consumption decreasing by 9% since the previous year.
Last year, the terminal also began employing a new recycling program, which resulted in reducing total generated waste by half. Through this new program, ACT was generate more than JOD 150,000 in profits by transforming waste into consumable products. Understanding the devastating effects of oil spills on the environment, ACT is trained and equipped to respond quickly on oil spills and was the first to intervene last year on a spill which occurred nearby.
As a fully integrated part of ACT’s environmental strategy and to complement technical steps taken internally to mitigate its environmental impact, ACT also remains dedicated to launching and carrying out various initiatives to make sustainability a community-wide effort. Participating with leading port and terminal operators in the “Go Green” campaign, ACT carried out both a beach clean-up and dive clean-up event where waste was removed from the shores to protect the fragile ecosystem surrounding the coral reef of Aqaba.
Aqaba Container Terminal
In 2003, the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC), on behalf of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, was on a mission to acquire a strategic partnership to improve the efficiency, capacity and the operational performance of the container terminal in Aqaba. After signing a Terminal Management Contract with ADC in 2004, APM Terminals (part of the global A.P. Møller–Maersk Group), took over the management and operation of the terminal.
A 25-year Joint Development Agreement (JDA) was signed between ADC and the Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) in 2006. Under the contract, APM Terminals Jordan operates, manages and markets ACT in addition to executing the Master Plan, which anticipates achieving a drastic increase of throughput capacity through a combination of physical and operational improvements.