Green Marine unveils the shipping industry's first environmental performance results



    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of the Green Tech conference on
green technologies for the shipping industry, Green Marine yesterday unveiled
the first global results posted by participants of the Environmental Program
of the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes Maritime Industry. The program's
participants comprise 44 marine organizations in Canada and the U.S. which
joined the Green Marine initiative more than a year ago, thereby voluntarily
agreeing to evaluate their environmental performance with respect to several
priority issues. The results of this self-evaluation process clearly
demonstrate the industry's commitment to strengthening its environmental
performance by moving beyond regulatory compliance (which most participants
have already surpassed) towards excellence and leadership.
    "These results are very encouraging," said Gerry Carter, one of Green
Marine's three Co-Chairs and President of Canada Steamship Lines," especially
in view of the ambitious objectives that the industry established for itself
at the very outset of the Green Marine initiative." Carter went on to add that
"the results also create a great deal of possibility for improvement, which
fits perfectly with the program's overall aim of mapping out a challenging and
demanding course of action for its participants to follow."

    The First Evaluation Year

    Given that this was the environmental program's first year of
implementation, it also provided an important opportunity to evaluate the
program's quality. "Now that the first self-evaluation period is over," said
Terry Johnson, another Green Marine Co-Chair and President of the St. Lawrence
Seaway Development Corporation," we can report with satisfaction that
participants found the vast majority of the program's criteria to be relevant
and easy to understand." For Mr. Johnston, this first year also enabled Green
Marine to implement an external audit process within certain companies, with a
view to extending this process to all participants as of the second year.
"Such a process will play a key role in making the Green Marine program even
more credible and rigorous."

    A Path of Continuous Improvement

    For Laurence Pathy, Green Marine's third Co-Chair and President of
Fednav, "the results obtained from the self-evaluation process represent an
excellent starting point for Green Marine, as they will be used to measure the
maritime industry's progress over the coming years with respect to its
environmental performance."

    Please consult Green Marine's Report on the progress 2008-2009 (available
at www.Green-Marine.org) for more information on the results of the
environmental program's first year of implementation, or to follow the
evolution of the Green Marine initiative.




For further information:

For further information: Information and interviews (French): Chantal
Audet, (418) 648-4572 ext. 100, chantal.audet@portquebec.ca;  Information and
interviews (English): Stephen Murdoch, (905) 682-7203 ext. 22, C: (289)
241-3997, smurdoch@oebenterprise.com; Source: Green Marine

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