Most ships dispose of ballast water as they load and unload, and AAPA has been very supportive of initiatives to ensure the ballast water is not a harm to our ecosystem. However, the ballast water regulatory system must be revised to ensure there is a uniform federal standard for shipping. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has a strong ballast water research and demonstration program.
Energy is also important for the sustainability of seaports. As environmental leaders in the maritime environment, seaports employ alternative fuels, such as electricity, fuel cells, solar power, wind energy and liquid natural gas (LNG). During a man-made or natural emergency, it is important to make restoration of power to a port and resiliency of port operations a high priority.