News: BC Ferries Receives Green Marine Certification

Nanaimo Business News - June 9, 2015

BC Ferries is making strides to maintain more environmentally-friendly practices, and has been formally recognized for its efforts. BC Ferries joined Green Marine this year and was certified on May 28 after being reviewed by an independent verifier earlier in the month. 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 continuous improvement and exceeding regulatory compliance. BC Ferries has been certified with Green Marine both as a ship owner and as a terminal operator.

“At BC Ferries, we are proud to sail in the pristine coastal waters of British Columbia and we have an obligation to protect the environment and reduce the footprint of our operations,” said Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ President and CEO. “Joining Green Marine and achieving this certification 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.”

Green Marine uses the following performance indicators:
“As one of the largest ferry operators in North America BC Ferries plays a key role in showing how sustainable operations are within reach,” added David Bolduc, Green Marine’s Executive Director. “Joining Green Marine clearly reflects a strong commitment towards the greening of their operations. It will also significantly help us achieve our objective, which is to improve the environmental record of the marine industry in general.”

  • For ships: greenhouse gases, air emissions (SOx, NOx, PM), oily water, garbage management
  • For terminals and shipyards: greenhouse gases, community impacts, environmental leadership, spill prevention

Green Marine will act as a benchmarking tool to measure performance and will provide the framework for BC Ferries to develop a continuously improving, robust, environmental program. Under contract to the Province of British Columbia, BC Ferries is the service provider responsible for the delivery of safe, efficient and dependable ferry service along coastal British Columbia.

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