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Grand River Navigation prepares its fleet for Green Marine certification

September 1, 2022

Traverse City, Michigan – Grand River Navigation is the newest participant in Green Marine – the leading voluntary environmental certification program for North America's maritime industry.

Grand River Navigation, a leading U.S. operator of 10 self-unloading vessels on the Great Lakes, delivers key commodities required by industrial customers throughout the Great Lakes Region. "Grand River Navigation has grown into a leading provider of bulk freight services on the Great Lakes through its commitment to adapt quickly to market needs," Peter Coxon, Grand River Navigation's CEO, said. "Implementing the Green Marine program is an important part of our Company’s comprehensive ESG program.  Our commitment to these initiatives continues our efforts to protect the Great Lakes by reducing the impact on its air, waters, and shorelines."

To achieve Green Marine certification, Grand River Navigation will assess its fleet's environmental performance through key performance indicators that address such issues as greenhouse gases, ballast water discharge, air emissions, oily discharge, waste management, and ship recycling. The certification process is rigorous and transparent, with results independently verified every two years and each participant's performance made public annually.

Green Marine President David Bolduc congratulated Grand River Navigation on joining its sister companies, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd., which has been Green Marine certified since the program's outset, and Conneaut Creek Ship Repair, which signed up earlier this month. "It is great to have these key Rand Logistics subsidiaries all participating in Green Marine," he said. "Having Grand River Navigation on board further boosts Green Marine's presence among the ship owners with operations in the Great Lakes and bodes well for this region's sustainable future," Bolduc added. "By joining this voluntary initiative, Grand River Navigation is strengthening its commitment to sustainability by choosing to benchmark its efforts, as well as take part in the exchange of environmental knowledge and innovation available through the Green Marine network."

About Grand River Navigation

Grand River Navigation is a leading provider of bulk freight services on the Great Lakes. With a fleet of ten U.S. flagged self-unloading, it provides supply chain solutions to its industrial customers throughout the Great Lakes.  Grand River is the market leader in the River Class segment of the industry, delivering the commodities such as aggregates, iron ore, and other materials that drive the region’s economy.

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