Quebec City, Quebec (March 30, 2011)- Island Tug and Barge Ltd., Western Canada’s largest transporter of refined petroleum products, has entered its fleet of tugboats and tug barges into the Green Marine environmental improvement program.
Vancouver, B.C.-based Island Tug transports gas, jet fuel and diesel for the oil majors to communities along the West Coast from California to the Arctic. Island Tug also provides marine construction, salvage and submarine cable laying and repair services on the West Coast.
The company has prided itself on operating a fleet that exceeds regulatory environmental and performance standards, and was looking for an action-based program to further reduce its fuel consumption, carbon emissions and solid waste.
“Operating at the highest safety and environmental standards is absolutely essential for our business,” says John Lindsay, Island Tug’s vice-president and general manager. “Our barges are specifically designed for their cargo and we incorporate the latest equipment and employ world-class training practices to prevent spills. But we want to raise the bar higher. Green Marine provides concrete goals and sets out an action plan that we can use as we work towards those goals.”
He and his colleagues at Island Tug look forward to working with Green Marine in developing additional criteria and areas of improvement specific to the tug/barge industry.
Green Marine, the first program of its kind in North America, aims to improve participants’ environmental performance beyond regulatory compliance by requiring them to introduce best practices, reduction targets and/or new technologies to improve their record in areas such as invasive species, air emissions and greenhouse gases, cargo residues, and oily waters, among others.
Although voluntary, all results are independently verified by a third party and shared publicly to demonstrate participants’ environmental commitment. Green Marine has endorsements from high-profile NGOs including Ducks Unlimited and the World Wildlife Fund and was recently recognized by the Mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative with a special resolution supporting the Green Marine initiative.
Initially founded by Canadian and U.S. companies in the Great Lakes region in 2008, Green Marine has been rapidly expanding into various regions of North America, including British Columbia and Atlantic Canada. More than 50 shipowners, port authorities and terminal operators are currently part of the program. The latest West Coast additions include Seaspan Marine Corporation and Prince Rupert Port Authority.
“The diversity of our participants is one of the program’s greatest attributes,” says Green Marine executive director David Bolduc. “We are not just a program for shipowners. We’re addressing the environmental footprint of all aspects of commercial maritime activity — from shipyards and vessel operators to port authorities and terminal operators.”Back to news