Belledune, NB, May 1, 2017 – The Port of Belledune, a world class deep water facility with exceptional year round cargo handling capacity on the East Coast, is the newest participant in Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental certification program for the maritime industry in North America.
“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome the Port of Belledune within the Green Marine program,” said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s Executive director. “We are proud to now regroup all Canadian port authorities within our environmental program. It shows the commitment to sustainability of the whole port industry.”
The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) already has environmental management systems in place and takes pride in its outstanding track record in security and environment. “We want to be proactive and Green Marine can guide us to further improve our environmental performance,” stated BPA President & CEO, Denis Caron. Our port stringently adheres to all regulations and we take our role in safeguarding the environment very seriously.”
In 2014, Green Marine and the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the goal of jointly expanding efforts to reduce the marine industry’s environmental footprint. “With all 18 Canadian port authorities now Green Marine participants, the port industry is sending a clear message of its commitment and involvement into continuously improving its environmental performance,” said ACPA President, Wendy Zatylny.
Green Marine’s environmental program offers a roadmap for port authorities, terminal operators and shipping lines to voluntarily surpass regulatory compliance. The comprehensive program addresses key environmental issues using 12 performance indicators that include reducing air emissions, minimizing community impacts, and demonstrating environmental leadership.
The Green Marine certification process is rigorous and transparent: results are independently verified every two years and each company’s individual results are published.