BC Ferries’ fleet maintenance unit received its first Green Marine certification last night, during the environmental program’s 10th annual conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. BC Ferries’ vessels and terminals have been Green Marine certified since 2015, when the company first joined the program but the shipyard certification is a new achievement, showing their commitment to continue to benchmark environmental performance and make continuous improvements.
Green Marine is a globally recognized, voluntary, industry sustainability initiative for ship operators, ports, terminals and shipyards. It enables participants to reduce their environmental footprint by fostering a culture of continual improvement and exceeding regulatory compliance.
“Achieving this certification for all our diversified operations reinforces our existing commitment to the environment and ensures we will continue to look for ways to apply best practices and be a leader in sustainable marine transportation”, said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President & CEO.
“Including all their activities in the program clearly reflects a strong commitment from BC Ferries towards the greening of their operations. It will also significantly help us achieve our objective, which is to advance environmental excellence for the marine industry in general”, said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s Executive Director.
The Green Marine environmental certification program addresses key environmental issues through 11 performance indicators such as greenhouse gases, air emissions, spill prevention, waste management, environmental leadership, and community impacts – some applicable to shipping activities, other to landside operations.
The Green Marine certification process is rigorous and transparent: results are independently verified every two years and each company’s individual results are posted online at www.green-marine.org/certification/results/.
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