The Port of Visakhapatnam, is maintaining harmony between Port development and
Port of Visakhapatnam is accredited with ISO Certification (ISO 14001) by the Indian
Register of Quality Systems for the Environmental Management System standards in
all its activities including related support services.
An Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC) headed by renowned Environmentalist
Prof. S. Rama Krishna Rao as Chairman of the Committee is in place with members representing
Citizen Welfare Associations, NGOs, Academic Institutions, Industries/Defense, Trade,
Observers from APPCB, Government Organisations and Senior Officers of the Port.
The Committee reviews the implementation of long term and short term directives
issued by APPCB and also reviews the environmental activities to be implemented
by the Port. The Committee also inspects various operational areas of the Port and
advises improvements on the Environmental activities carried out and gives suggestions
for additional Environmental pollution mitigative measures as may be necessary based
on the requirements from time to time.
Three Sub-Committees are constituted to review and monitor AAQ (Ambient Air Quality),
Green Belt Development and Hazard Management. The EMC reviews the findings of the
Sub-Committees and advises suitably on the environmental improvement measures.
Environmental cell has been established to monitor the environmental activieies
of the Port, duly appointing persons qualified in the field of Environment Management.
The measures taken by the Port to mitigate Environmental Pollution include:
• Monitoring of Ambient Air Quality at six locations in and around the Port
area by Port and third parties like Andhra University Development Center and APPCB.
• Monitoring of harbour water quality at regular intervals through Andhra University
• Monitoring of STP waters before and after treatment at regular intervals.
• Regular monitoring of pollution control measures in and around Port area
and residential areas.
• Preparation of Environmental Management Action Plan and Comprehensive Environmental
zoning and land use plan for all occupied and unoccupied areas for the next ten
years through M/s. MECON, Ranchi.
• Distribution of pamphlets and display of message boards on Environment Management.
• Development of Environmental Parks/ Nurseries and maintenance of Islands
in and around Port areas.
• Continuous development of Green Belt in and around Port area.
• Mechanisation of Cargo Handling Operations in phases.
• Monitoring effluent of Port based industries before discharging into Port
Waters and ensuring that they posses consent of APPCB for their activities.
The Port is taking all possible measures to contain the pollution and the
maintain the ambient air quality within permissible limits. In addition to the above
measures, the Port is (i)modernizing the cargo handling facilities for coal, iron
ore, fertilizers etc., (ii) re organizing stack yards (iii) insulating coal stack
yards by providing high rise walls along with dust suppression system as long term
measure to avoid dust pollution.
Visakhapatnam Port Trust is discharging its responsibility
as a corporate citizen in keeping the city clean and green, healthy and aesthetic
and contributing significantly for better civic amenities for the people of Visakhapatnam.
In consonance with the development of Visakhapatnam Outer Harbour in the early 1970s
the need for protection of the beach North of Visakhapatnam Port from the adverse
affect of erosion due to the natural phenomena on account of sea wave/current action
A quantity of about 4 lakhs cu. mts. of sand is being pumped for the beach
nourishment every year by incurring an expenditure of about ` 6.00 crores.
The beach nourishment being carried out for over the last 3 decades shows the firm
commitment of the Port towards the social obligation for the city public, visitors
and fishermen community.