About ECOSLC and EcoPorts

ECO Sustainable logistic Chain Foundation (ECOSLC) is set up in 2010 to introduce EcoPorts outside Europe

ECOSLC History


ECO Sustainable Logistic Chain Foundation (ECOSLC) is a neutral independent and non-profit Foundation. ECOSLC is set up in 2010 by key team members from the original Ecoports Foundation that was started in 1996 to introduce Ecoports in ports outside Europe. Herman Journée was founder of Ecoports Foundation and is now Chairman of ECOSLC. ECOSLC offers training in Ecoports Tools and certification in ports in and outside Europe, after a review by the independent auditor Lloyd’s Register. The introduction of Ecoports outside Europe is supported by the European Seaports Organization, ESPO and the American Association of Port Authorities, AAPA. The team of Ecoports certified trainers is available for training and assistance. A number of the ECOSLC trainers have affiliations with 6 universities in 5 countries in and outside Europe.

Recently ECOSLC developed a basic management system and certification for a broader approach: sustainable port and logistic chain management and certification after review by Lloyd’s Register. It uses similar basic Tools. This system delivers the basic sustainable strategy, operating system and standards and training to support collaboration to create sustainable in ports and logistics. It address recently upcoming new collaboration schemes between ports, port terminals, logistic service providers and shippers intended to make transport and logistics sustainable and cost effective. The system is also developed with support of European Commission and ministries.

History of EcoPorts

The Ecoports Tools and certification scheme has been developed in Europe from 1993 and introduced from 1996 by a group of ESPO member ports to assist ports in the implementation of environmental legislation in a cost effective way, based on practical solutions. All ports faced the same environmental problems and the same daily task to find cost effective solutions. Ecoports delivered from its start basic standards and certification to assist in this task and also to make the implementation of environmental legislation in seaports competition neutral. The standards are compatible with the ISO 14001 environmental quality management system but dedicated to the specific roles and responsibilities of ports and port authorities.

The development of the Ecoports standards have been supported by the European Commission, ministries in several European countries and the European Seaports Organisation, ESPO. Ecoports organised in its starting phase each year an international workshop for ports to learn from each other’s experience with the implementation of environmental legislation and environmental solutions. This approach created a network of Ecoports certified ports that can act as colleague sparring partners who share practical experience in the implementation of environmental solutions.

ECOSLC has very recently also developed a basic management system and certification by Lloyd’s with a sort of SDM and a sort of PERS for port companies and other companies, like shipping lines, that collaborate in logistic chains and port-hinterland logistics.

The system is also developed with support of European commission policy support and money. It is tested at the moment in Europe. We intend to have this available soon in parallel to the Ecoports Tools.

Who we are

Mr. Herman Journée

Chairman ECO Sustainable Logistic Chain Foundation (ECOSLC)

Herman Journée started ECOSLC, supported by the European Seaports Organisation (ESPO) and later by the American Association of (North and South) American Port Authorities (AAPA), to introduce the Ecoports port environmental management system, standards and certification in seaports outside Europe. He initiated the development and implementation of Ecoports with a group of large ports and universities in Europe. ECOSLC is supported by 7 universities, companies and port professionals from different countries.

He developed, with support of large shippers and terminals, the innovative logistics chain and network business model and operating system Circle Lines, to manage Ports and Hinterland Logistics in a cost effective sustainable way. Circle Lines is operational since October 2011.

He is member of the Steering Group of a recently created European organisation of shippers: Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe (ALICE). This Platform is acknowledged by the European Commission to create substantial cost reductions and sustainability improvements in logistics by development and implementation of innovative logistics. It is an Advisory Organization for European Ports and Logistics Policy.

One of his former function is Director Strategic Development of the Port of Amsterdam.

He is former member of the European Seaports Organisation (ESPO), and for several years Chairman of its Environment Committee. He was a member of several international organisations in these fields, such as the European Intermodal Association.


Dr Chris Wooldridge

Science Coordinator and Senior Trainer ECOSLC/Ecoports

Dr Chris Wooldridge is a marine geographer whose major research activity is focussed on the validity of scientific criteria and the development of tools and methodologies for effective marine environmental management with reference to port and shipping operations. A graduate of Awansea University, he was awarded PhD for research in beach dynamics and coastal geomorphology. Chris gained offshore experience as a scientific diver and hydrographic surveyor with the Institute of Oceonagraphic Sciences before joining the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (Cardiff) contributing to the Time Atlas of the World Ocean.

Dr Wooldridge is currently contributing to research and training programs of a European Network for information exchange and environmental impact assessment of port and terminal operations, the identification of environmental performance indicators, waves generated by high speed vessels, the provision of real-time data for Vessel Traffic Management and “Virtual”training techniques for environmental managers. Chris is a firm believer in the value of fieldwork and seatime experience in support of academic studies and was as a Yachtmaster (Offshore) involved in teaching the geography of the sea- from the sea.