Jurong Port to have world's first green berths next year

SINGAPORE - By next year, Jurong Port will be home to the world's first green berths made of recycled concrete from existing berths and yards.

Two berths at the port have received an award for environmentally friendly upgrades that will be completed by 2016.

The Building and Construction Authority gave the Green Mark (Gold) Award for environmentally sustainable construction methods that will be used during upgrading.

For instance, concrete from the existing berths will be crushed and recycled for reuse. There will also be green features such as solar panels on the substation roofs.

"Construction of these green berths is one of several initiatives Jurong Port has taken to promote environmental sustainability," said CEO Ooi Boon Hoe, according to a press statement released on Sunday.

"This and other initiatives based on a green port study supported by the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore will be implemented progressively."

The upgrading will deepen the berths so that they can handle larger vessels, and add almost 30 per cent more storage space.