American Society of Civil Engineers

Evaluation of Port of Casablanca Operations on Air Quality in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Casablanca, Morocco

by Tony Rizk, Ph.D., P.E., (Cedars Engineering Solutions. 634 Paseo de la Playa, Redondo Beach, CA 90277), El-Hadj Jabry, (Directeur CEREP, Laboratoire Public d’Essais et d’Etudes. Oukacha, No 1, Rue 1, Bd. Moulay Slimane, Casablanca, MAROC), and Mohamed Benabdennbi, (Directeur du Developpement, Office Developpement et Exploitation des Ports. 175, Bd. Zerktouni, Casablanca, MAROC)
Section: Environmental Issues, pp. 1-8, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Ports ’01: America’s Ports: Gateway to the Global Economy
Abstract: In the context of a regional environmental mitigation program of the great metropolitan Casablanca, Morocco, the authors of this paper conducted an evaluation of the air emissions from the operations at the Port of Casablanca. The principal exports include phosphates, minerals, fruits and vegetables. The principal imports include coal, grains, and sugar. Particulate emissions are generated in the transfer of these materials and goods from and to ships. This paper describes an approach to estimate the emissions form the port. This approach includes particulate emissions monitoring and inverse modeling with rigorous data quality assurance and quality control. This resulted in an estimate of 252 tonnes/year of particulate emissions from the port. This information will be integrated into a city wide air quality monitoring and forecasting program.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Middle East
Air quality