EBH Namibia environmentally responsible and compliant
The company is equally resolute in its compliance to local and global legislation. “As a responsible, internationally ISO-accredited business, EBH Namibia’s environmental ethos has always been focused on pollution prevention and we adhere very strictly to all governing port regulations,” said Uys. “Health, safety, security and care of the environment take precedence in all areas of EBH Namibia’s work and operations; and we have consistently maintained an operational environment which complies with international standards and all relevant Namibian legislation,” he added. EBH Namibia’s strong safety ethos includes a commitment to providing a safe place of work for its employees, as well as being proactive in the prevention of emissions which may be harmful to the environment and the community, according to Uys. “We pride ourselves in not only looking after our own people, but also the wider community in which we operate. This involves ensuring a clean and healthy coastal region in which the people of Walvis Bay can work and play,” he said. Uys said that this overriding aim has become particularly important in the light of the company’s recent growth in operational capacity following the inclusion of its third Panamax-sized floating dock in October 2013. “We have endeavoured to maintain sustainable business practices over the years, and this has contributed to our significant growth over a relatively short period of time. We hope to engage all stakeholders to make further strides towards environmental advocacy,” he said. The company has recently embarked on a review of its current environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental management plan (EMP), with the assistance of external stakeholders, and has committed itself to ongoing environmental awareness campaigns within the organisation. In addition, EBH Namibia has recently engaged an internationally-accredited, independent expert to conduct analysis of water samples from Walvis Bay, which were compared with international standards. The subsequent report, which is still under review, has indicated that EBH Namibia is operating well within the international limits set for the protection of benthic and seashore fauna, coastal birds and sea birds.