The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) presented its new and renamed Lighthouse Awards during its annual conference is Austin, Texas, in late September. The new awards recognize the programs and projects by ports that stand out as beacons of excellence within the maritime industry in terms of Communications, Environment, Facilities Engineering, and Information Technology, and several Green Marine participants become recipients.
In the Mitigation subcategory, the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, which is a collaboration by the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the Port of Tacoma, the Port of Seattle, and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, received the Award of Excellence for the efforts by these four ports to reduce diesel emissions to limit global temperature. In the same Mitigation subcategory, the Award of Distinction went to Galveston Wharves for its first Green Marine certification.
In the Environmental Enhancement subcategory, the Port of Everett was recognized with the Award of Distinction for its Bay Wood Shoreline Restoration/Clean-Up and Economic Development.
The Port of New Orleans received the Award of Excellence for Stakeholder Involvement as a result of its Port Inner Harbor Revitalization (PIER) Plan.
A number of other Green Marine participants were also recognized for their efforts in Communications, namely the ports of Albany, Everett, Everglades, Fourchon, Montreal, Pensacola, Redwood City, Saguenay, Seattle, and Stockton.
The Montreal Port Authority also received the overall Award of Excellence for Information Technology for its CargoO2ai project, developed in partnership with CargoM, Termont, and Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (all Green Marine members), to manage priority shipments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The logistics tool is using an algorithm to deliver medications, medical equipment and food products as quickly as possible to avoid supply delays and shortages during the continuing precarious economic and public health situations.