Manual | Good management practices

Sustainable Port Development in the ASEAN Region

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The sustainable port development programme in the ASEAN region assists to shift the emphasis from mere reactive complying with minimum standards to a pro-active approach to achieve quality and sustainability in safety, health and environmental (SHE) management in the participating ports.

Main features and components

The project signed a collaboration agreement with the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) with the objective to jointly assist partner ports to implement and continually improve Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) management under an integrated systematic approach in accordance with the provisions of the Port Safety, Health and Environmental Management (PSHEM) Code, a standard developed by PEMSEA. The project strengthens port authorities, private terminal operators and other public or private companies.

The project intends to focus on the following key areas:

  • National level SHE policies, regulations and inspections involvement
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Green / Sustainable port policies
  • Stakeholder involvement in SHE
  • Exchange and dissemination of experience and of best practices

Implementation and work steps

ASEAN Ports Association (APA)

  • Responsible for coordinating the implementation of the project
  • Associated personnel to support the project will be made available when necessary

Participating Ports

  • Provide a regional project office (Port Authority of Thailand)
  • Provide management support
  • Actively participate in project activities
  • Assigns focal persons to the project
  • Provide training facilities

National Level

  • Provides a platform for discussion on key legislative issues and international regulations and conventions
  • Actively participate in project activities
  • Assigns focal persons to the project
  • Provide training facilities


Project Achievements 2009-2012:

  • 7 ports developed, improved and/or implemented a Port SHE Management System (PSHEMS)
  • 2 ports established a SHE department
  • 3 ports improved Ship Waste Reception and Waste Management (MARPOL 73/78); awareness towards a regional approach was realized
  • 7 port emission inventories were completed
  • a guideline for efficient traffic management in the port area was developed
  • a platform for ports and ministries to discuss technical and regulatory issues in a regional context was organized

Further benefits:

  • Enhanced compliance with international conventions
  • Stable, transparent and regionally harmonized legal framework
  • Efficient Management Systems that reduce risks and pollution at source to prevent environmental and socio-economic damages
  • Risk Management and Contingency Planning
  • Improved Safety and health conditions through the provision of adequate training
  • Close cooperation and consultation between all stakeholders
  • Improved trading conditions


Flyer Sustainable Port Development in the ASEAN Region.pdf


Phase of intervention

Designing SIA, Technical infrastructure

Level of intervention

Park management



Target groups

Company, SME, Industrial area management and operator, Municipality, Private investors