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Celebrating lasting connections: cheering another year of members’ affinities

February 13, 2024

Like Cupid, Green Marine sparks encounters that often lead to wonderful synergies.

On this Valentine's Day, for the third consecutive year, Green Marine is presenting a few of the ‘matches’ made among the program’s members that have led to innovative collaborations and initiatives. With almost 500 members rallying around the same goals, Green Marine offers numerous opportunities for new and evolving relationships to advance the maritime industry’s sustainable development.

Here’s a look back at some these 'love stories' among Green Marine’s participants, supporters and partners working closely together to further improve the industry’s environmental performance.



A shared impassioned quest: zealous research into e-methanol

As part of the (Green Marine supporter) Réseau Québec maritime's PLAINE program, the Port of Montreal (a Green Marine participant) launched a project to research e-methanol as an alternative fuel to minimize the environmental impacts of commercial shipping and port activities.

For the next two years, the Montreal Port Authority is joining forces with a number of experts in this realm, including Polytechnique Montréal, Université Laval, Greenfield Global, Innovation maritime (a Green Marine partner), and Ocean Group (a Green Marine participant).

All of them will work together to identify, characterize and test optimal blends of e-methanol and marine diesel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships in the St. Lawrence by more than 40,000 tonnes a year.



RanMarine Technology's WasteShark has its 1st Canadian date with PortsToronto

PortsToronto (a Green Marine participant) has announced its new pilot program involving the deployment of two WasteShark aquatic drones that were developed by (Green Marine partner) RanMarine Technology. Named Ebb and Flow, the new drones will help to collect debris from the Toronto Harbour’s surface water. They have been added to the 10 Seabins already doing some of this waste collection since PortsToronto began deploying them seasonally in 2019.

The pilot project at PortsToronto marks WasteShark’s Canadian debut by Netherlands-based RanMarine Technology. In addition to collecting plastic waste and other debris, the range of WasteShark products are used to remove unwanted biomass from waterways, as well as to detect potential imbalances within a marine environment. With a capacity of processing180 litres (47.5 gallons) of water, the aquatic robot collects nearly 499 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of waste daily.



Lloyd's Register and the Environmental Defense Fund embrace a new energy transition investment tool

As part of its Maritime Decarbonisation Hug, Lloyd’s Register (a Green Marine partner), the Environmental Defense Fund (a Green Marine supporter), along with Arup consultants, have unveiled the Sustainable First Movers Initiative Identification Tool to help stakeholders in aligning investments with the maritime industry’s energy transition.

The new tool assesses the potential of a port to produce and bunker electro-fuels, while considering environmental and community benefits in accordance with the Paris Agreement's goal to limit Earth’s warming to 1.5° Celsius globally.

With the preliminary findings presented in The Potential of Ports in Developing Sustainable First Movers Initiatives report, the tool’s initial phase evaluated 108 ports in the Indo-Pacific region based on criteria such as land suitability, air quality, renewable energy surplus, economic resilience, and ship traffic.

The tool aims to guide early adopter initiatives towards ports with the greatest potential for positive impacts, with the goal of fostering collaboration and inclusive decarbonization in the shipping industry.


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