MONTREAL, June 13, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Port of Montreal is upholding
its level of environmental excellence, as evidenced in Green Marine's
2011-2012 Progress Report on its environmental program. The results
were unveiled as part of the fifth annual GreenTech Conference on Green
Technologies and Innovation held in Quebec City on May 29 and 30, 2012.
Also in its fifth year, the program evaluates participants on a scale of
one to five across nine main environmental issues, such as aquatic
invasive species, greenhouse gases, spills and leakages, conflicts of
use (noise, dust, odour and light pollution), etc. According to the
2012 Progress Report, the Port of Montreal maintained its high ratings
in all the categories measured in the "Ports & St. Lawrence Seaway"
section. Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the
MPA, said that she is encouraged by these results and commends the
efforts and actions implemented by her team.
The participants, which include shipowners, ports and terminals on the
St. Lawrence, the Great Lakes and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts,
registered an overall performance average of Level 3.0, compared to an
overall rating of Level 2.7 in 2010.
To consult the results of Green Marine's 2012 Progress Report, visit its website, at: www.green-marine.org
The thoroughness and transparency of the Green Marine program's
certification process earned it the Prix Environnement on June 7, 2012 at the Grands prix d'excellence awards gala held by the
Association québécoise du transport et des routes (AQTR).
"I heartily congratulate the Green Marine team for its vision and
dynamism, as well as all the organizations and companies in the marine
shipping industry who participate in the environmental program, in a
spirit of continuous improvement and respect for the environment,"
stated Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Montreal Port Authority.
The Green Marine initiative is also benefiting from growing
international influence, as indicated by the prestigious Green Shipping Initiative of the Year award that it received at the Sustainable Shipping Awards 2011 held last
July in London.
As at May 10, 2012, Green Marine had 161 members made up of 67
participants, 54 partners and 40 supporters.
Although a voluntary initiative, Green Marine participants agree to
undergo a rigorous external audit every two years, conducted by Lloyds
Register Quality Assurance. The Montreal Port Authority is one of the
founding members of Green Marine.
About the Port of Montreal
Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is a major diversified transshipment centre that
handles all types of goods - containerized and non-containerized cargo,
liquid bulk and dry bulk. A leading container port on the Atlantic, it
is served by seven of the ten largest container shipping lines in the
world. Strategically located in North America's heartland, it provides
first class access to the markets of Quebec, Ontario and the U.S.
Northeast and Midwest. The Port of Montreal handled 1,362,975 TEUs
(20-foot equivalent units) in 2011, representing 12,471,002 tonnes of
cargo. The Port also handled 10,760,649 tonnes of liquid bulk products,
3,431,811 tonnes of dry bulk products and 1,741,035 tonnes of grain in
2011. The Port of Montreal owns its own rail network, operated directly
on the piers. It is connected to both national railway networks and a
highway network. The Port also operates a passenger terminal that
welcomed 38,031 passengers and crew members in 2011. All the other
terminals are managed by private stevedoring companies. Port activity
supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs
About Green Marine
The Green Marine environmental program targets specific environmental issues, including
greenhouses gases, cargo residues, conflicts of use (noise, dust, odour
and light pollution), the prevention of water and soil pollution and
environmental leadership. While Green Marine is a voluntary initiative,
participants agree to undergo an external audit of their results
conducted by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance. Membership in Green
Marine has more than doubled since its launch, and now stands at 161
members consisting of 67 participants, 54 partners and 40 supporters,
from sea to sea in Canada and the United States.
Image with caption: "Lyne Martin, Director of Environment, Montreal Port Authority, is receiving, in the name of the Port, a certificate from David Bolduc, Director of Green Marine, on May 29, 2012, at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. (CNW Group/PORT OF MONTREAL)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120613_C8674_PHOTO_EN_15135.jpg
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