Seattle, Washington, November 19, 2019 – Clipper Vacations has become the newest participating member of Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry in North America.
Well known as travel experts for the Pacific Northwest, Clipper Vacations has provided transportation, tours and accommodations for more than eight million customers since 1986. Its ferry service offers travel opportunities to enjoy popular destinations that include Victoria, Seattle, Vancouver, San Juan Island, Portland, as well as Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
“Minimizing our environmental impact is a responsibility we take seriously,” said David Gudgel, Clipper’s CEO. “We believe Green Marine’s detailed framework and binational character can help us improve our sustainability performance and protect the Pacific Northwest’s waters and environment.”
David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director, heartily welcomed the ferry operator. “It’s great to see the Green Marine program gaining more recognition within the ferry sector as a proven template to reduce waste and to operate in a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable manner,” Bolduc said. “Through its participation, Clipper Vacations will be able to clearly benchmark its performance and pursue continual improvement.”
The environmental certification program offers a map for ship owners, port authorities, terminal operators and shipyard managers to voluntarily reduce their environmental footprint. Using 12 performance indicators, the comprehensive program addresses key environmental issues, such as air and greenhouse gas emissions, underwater noise, oily water, and garbage management.
Green Marine certification is a rigorous, measurable and transparent process. All results are independently verified every two years and each company’s individual performance is made public annually.
About Clipper Vacations
Seattle-based Clipper, the operator of Clipper Vacations, has provided ferry services, along with vacation packages, for the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada since 1986. The company’s fleet includes two high-speed catamarans. Victoria Clipper V is used for a passenger-only ferry service between Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia, in a little under three hours. The San Juan Clipper is used for service between Seattle and Friday Harbor, Washington, as well as whale watching and seasonal excursions.