Marine Division Highlights

Commitment to compliance

Spill Prevention and Response

  • We have identified vessel fuelling, and fuel transfer operations on our tugboat and ferry fleet as having a high potential for environmental impact – we have strict Master Standing Orders, pre-fuelling checklists, and physical containment that must be in place prior to every fuelling event.
  • If we do have an environmental incident on one of our vessels, we have divisional emergency response measures in place along with Shipboard Oil Preparedness Emergency Plans (SOPEPs) for specific sized vessels.
  • We conduct regular emergency response drills and classroom training sessions with our vessel crews to ensure preparedness in the event of an incident – we often take part in, and lead joint industry drills such as boom deployment exercises with local refinery customers.

Hazardous Waste Management

  • All hazardous materials and products generated from vessel operations such as waste-oil, contaminated bilge water, waste paints and solvents, batteries, oil-filters etc. are managed as per provincial and federal regulation – we use licensed venders to transport these materials off of our sites, and ensure responsible end-of-life management at a registered hazardous waste disposal or recycling facility.

Collaboration with Regulators

  • We regularly conduct vessel inspections to ensure all Transport Canada requirements are adhered to.
  • We follow strict regulatory requirements for transporting cargo on our oil, chemical, and rail barges, we collaborate regularly with all regulatory bodies to ensure all of our tugs, ferries, and barges are safe for service.

Beyond Compliance Initiatives

Fleet Fuel and Emission Reduction

  • We have implemented fuel reduction policies and procedures with our marine fleet, this includes plugging-in at main docks where possible, shutting down and going ‘dead-ship’ after 24hrs, and ‘just-in-time’ service to our customers.
  • Collaboration between dispatch and vessel crews ensures that tow jobs are planned in the most fuel efficient manner, often combining multiple tow jobs to avoid ‘running light’. Our ferry fleet has also optimized its regular schedule.
  • We have a vessel maintenance program to replace old, inefficient engines with new higher tiered equipment and our fleet engineering department trials fuel flow scanners and other metering equipment to assist with fuel conservation.
  • All of the above initiatives aim to reduce our fuel consumption and air emissions, while meeting our customer needs.

Emission Reporting and Studies

  • We have reported our marine fleet’s fuel reduction initiatives and collaborated with Port Metro Vancouver on numerous emission reduction studies, including the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy.
  • We track our marine fleet fuel consumption by vessel, and have maintained a corporate annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventory since 2006. A third party consultant reviews our GHG metrics, and provides input to our fleet emission reduction strategies.

Solid Waste Management and Recycling

  • We have an active composting program at our Seaspan Log Barge division that generates > 1000 lbs of compost annually – the compost is derived from organic waste generated in our Seaspan office cafeteria and tug fleet.
  • Extra, good quality food products removed from our tugboats following a shift are donated to local charities to prevent unnecessary disposal and to support the community.

Employee Engagement and Awareness

  • We conduct vessel visits to communicate with our mariners about environmental issues such as fuel conservation and emission reduction awareness, on-board energy conservation measures, impacts of oil on the marine environment, and waste generation and recycling expectations, among others.

Green Marine Program

  • We are participants of this voluntary environmental program that is designed to strengthen the maritime industry’s environmental performance.
  • Performance results are externally validated and publicly reported to ensure credibility.
  • Check out the 2012/2013 Green Marine Progress Report