On March 2, 2011 Seaspan became the first major West Coast company to join the Green Marine Environmental Program. Seaspan not only enrolled its marine fleet, but also its shipyards in the Green Marine program. The inclusion of Seaspan’s shipyards represents a significant first for Green Marine, as the first shipyard operation to enroll in the program.
Established in 2008, Green Marine aims to improve the industry’s environmental performance beyond regulatory compliance by encouraging member participants to apply best practices, set reduction targets and/or introduce new technologies to improve their record in areas such as invasive species, air emissions and greenhouse gases, cargo residues, and oily waters among others.
“Green Marine’s philosophy to reduce a company’s environmental footprint beyond regulatory compliance mirrors our own company’s core values,” said Jonathan Whitworth, Seaspan CEO. “We have implemented a number of initiatives to reduce our fuel consumption and air emissions. We have also worked in the past with World Wildlife Fund Canada to jointly identify opportunities for improvements in our environmental practices. The World Wildlife Fund is also partnered with Green Marine and we believe this is a great way for us to evaluate our current practices and set new targets for achievement each year.”
Shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators and now shipyards participating in the Green Marine program evaluate their performance each year against a set of criteria on a one-to-five scale from regulatory compliance to achieving excellence. All results are independently verified by a third party and shared publicly to demonstrate participants’ environmental commitment. Green Marine has endorsements from high profile organizations including Ducks Unlimited and the World Wildlife Fund and was recently recognized by the Mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative with a special resolution supporting the Green Marine initiative.
“The partnership with Green Marine gives us an opportunity to compare the successes of our environmental goals and initiatives with others in the marine industry,” said Daryl Lawes, Manager, Environment. “It is significant that we have brought our shipyards onboard for this partnership as well. We received some very positive feedback from a recent independent audit of our yard’s environmental performance so we are setting a good example and challenging others to lift their own standards. That has helped to raise awareness about the importance of environmental protection in our operations and all around the coast of Canada (which happens to have the longest coastline in the world).”
Initially founded by Canadian and US companies in the Great Lakes region, Green Marine has been rapidly expanding into various regions of North America, including British Columbia and Atlantic Canada. More than 50 shipowners, port authorities and terminal operators are currently part of the program. The addition of Seaspan Shipyards represents the first shipyards in Canada to join the program.
“The Green Marine program is gaining momentum and broad recognition,” said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s Executive Director. “We are confident that the participation of Seaspan will pave the way for further expansion of the program in British Columbia.”
The success of Green Marine demonstrates that the marine industry, as a whole, is joining together and taking action to minimize its impact on the environment.”
For further information and a full list of Green Marine participants, go to www.green-marine.org.