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Green shipping – creating gardens on vessels and rooftops

Photos: Berge Bulk Linkedin page bergegreenlinken2.jpg
Vertical hydroponic system onboard Berge Zugspitze
As companies seek to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable the last week has seen examples of green spaces both on and offshore that would not normally be associated with growing food.

In social media posts both Singapore terminal operator PSA and dry bulk shipowner Berge Bulk highlighted gardens being created in the work environment.

In the case of Berge Bulk the company posted on Linkedin about how it had installed a vertical hydroponic system on the vessel Berge Zugspitze last year. This has turned into a floating vertical garden capable of growing 27 types of plants, including fresh produce and herbs to be eaten by the crew in a 1 sq m space.

bergegreenlinkedin.jpgMaster of Berge Zugspitze, Bernie P. Besa, was quoted as saying: “We see the veggies growing right in front of our own eyes. They come straight from our garden to our kitchen. Since Covid-19, we’re all more conscious about health & hygiene. It’s nice to know that we are eating produce that hasn’t been handled by other people.”

Meanwhile PSA Singapore posted on Facebook about PSA Singapore staff volunteers organising to harvest produce from its rooftop food garden, [email protected] The vacant rooftop space was converted to garden which opened in October last year growing 80 varieties of vegetables, herbs, creeping vines and fruiting plants, and providing over 200 kg of produce.

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PSA staff with produce from roof garden (PSA Facebook page)

 

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