Port Everglades — Operating on the Principle of Sustainability
Port Everglades manages to stay on top as one of the world’s busiest ports, while remaining environmentally sound and consistent with local, state and federal regulations that govern the Port industry. Here are a few highlights, which affirm the Port's commitment to sustainability:
- The Intermodal Container Transfer Facility Railway, funded by the Port, is being constructed to allow cargo containers to be directly transferred between ships and railcars, eliminating 180,000 truck trips a year.
- With a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Port Everglades installed diesel emissions reduction equipment for on-road and off-road equipment, replaced old generators, forklifts and service vehicles. In addition, diesel cargo handling equipment was retrofitted with newer emissions reduction technology, and diesel boats were repowered with more efficient, cleaner burning engines, which will result in an estimated reduction of 22,403 gallons of fuel, 254 metric tons of greenhouse gas, 19,437 pounds of nitrogen oxide and 7,373 pounds of carbon monoxide.
Other Port environmental initiatives include modifying offshore anchorage by the Coast Guard to reduce potential habitat impacts, implementing manatee protection strategies such as appropriate vessel accommodations and boat speed restrictions, and upgrading to energy-efficient equipment in cruise terminals and office buildings.
To learn more about Port Everglades’ sustainability practices, contact Natacha J. Yacinthe, Ph.D., AICP, Seaport Principal Planner, at 954-468-0213.