June 12, 2019 – North Vancouver, BC. This week, Seaspan was recognized by the Port of Vancouver with the 2018 Blue Circle Award for voluntary efforts to conserve energy and reduce emissions. For the second year in a row, Seaspan achieved “Gold Level” status in the Port’s EcoAction Program by incorporating a range of sustainable practices into marine operations:
- Use of shore power for all vessels
- Participation in the ECHO program to support protection of marine mammals
- Participation in Green Marine Certification program
- Operation of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) – Battery hybrid ferries
The Blue Circle Award recognizes companies that go beyond the basic environmental requirements, and Seaspan is proud to support the Port of Vancouver’s vision to be the world’s most sustainable port.
“The EcoAction program allows us to measure our environmental performance and recognize some important, beyond-compliance leadership initiatives, such as converting our Ferries fleet to Hybrid battery/LNG power, fleet wide use of shore power to reduce emissions and participating in efforts to reduce underwater noise impact on whales. ”
-Daryl Lawes, Seaspan Environmental Manager
Seaspan is a group of Canadian companies that are primarily involved in ship assist, coastal and deep-sea transportation, ferry services, fuel bunkering, ship repair and ship building on the west coast of North America. With well over a century of successful participation in coastal commerce, Seaspan is a major partner in the Pacific Northwest marine economy.
ABOUT THE BLUE CIRCLE AWARDS
The Blue Circle Awards recognize marine carriers and terminal operators that excel in environmental stewardship and attain the highest participation rates in the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Program and Energy Action Initiative.