Environmental Issues & Initiatives

GREEN MARINE

Green Marine is a voluntary environmental certification program for the North American marine industry. It is a rigorous, transparent and inclusive initiative that addresses key environmental issues through its 14 performance indicators.

Participants are shipowners, ports, terminals, Seaway corporations and shipyards based in Canada and the United States.

The program encourages its participants to reduce their environmental footprint by taking concrete actions.

To receive their certification, participants must benchmark their annual environmental performance through Green Marine environmental program’s exhaustive self-evaluation guides. They also need to have their results verified by an accredited external verifier and agree to the publication of their individual results.

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GALVESTON WHARVES EARNS GREEN MARINE CERTIFICATION

Galveston, TX (June 8, 2021) – The Galveston Wharves has earned Green Marine certification, making it only the second port in Texas to become accredited in this voluntary environmental program for the North American marine industry. 

 “Green Marine certification is a big step forward in our long-term commitment to continuous improvement in environmental performance,” said Rodger Rees, Galveston Wharves port director and CEO. 

 The voluntary, transparent and inclusive initiative addresses key environmental issues through a set of performance indicators, including waste reduction, leak and spill prevention, and community relations. Participants are shipowners, ports, terminals, Seaway corporations and shipyards.

The port’s certification process began more than a year ago when the port applied for certification and began benchmarking its annual environmental performance in the area of waste reduction through Green Marine’s self-evaluation guides. In March an accredited external verifier confirmed the results, and certification was issued on June 3.

Rees said, “Certification is just the beginning. Participating in Green Marine will help us identify and implement best practices, manage our environmental programs, measure our progress and strive for continuous improvement. Sharing new technologies and best practices with our community and business partners, as well as other Green Marine members, is another benefit.” 

Read more at www.green-marine.org.