QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The marine industry in Quebec and the
rest of Canada continued to set itself apart today by officially launching its
own environmental program calling on industry businesses to go further. This
program covering the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes corridor is the first of its
kind in North America. Program participants already include over 25 leaders
representing the bulk of marine operations in this corridor.
Green Marine was founded by seven marine industry associations in Canada
and the United States who decided to further reduce their "environmental
footprint" by taking action around six major issues specific to their
operations: aquatic invasive species, pollutant air emissions, greenhouse
gases, cargo residues, oily water, and conflicts of use in port and terminals
(noise, dust, odors, and light).
For Gerry Carter (Canada Steamship Lines), one of Green Marine's three
co-chairs, the diverse range of industry activities (ports and terminals,
domestic and international shipowners, stevedoring companies, and the
St. Lawrence Seaway) was a major challenge that has been tackled successfully.
"Each business participating in the program is doing so voluntarily and is
subject to a certification process. Each must set out its environmental
challenges and a related action plan. A year may pass before program
participants are granted official certification on a scale that ranges from
compliance with applicable regulations to excellence and leadership in their
"Obtaining Green Marine certification will certainly make a difference
within the industry and for its many partners," said Green Marine co-chair
Terry Jonhson (Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation). "We want
certification to become the standard as well as an additional incentive for
choosing marine transportation, which is already recognized as environmentally
Green Marine co-chair Laurence G. Pathy (Fednav Limited) believes that
the desire to excel in this area goes beyond the marine industry and appeals
to everyone, fostering collaboration among management, employees, unions,
suppliers, environmental organizations, governments, and the public. "It's a
choice we made, because the solution to environmental challenges lies in
everyone's combined efforts. That's why the environmental program officially
recognizes the many partners and supporters by authorizing them to display the
Green Marine logo."
The Green Marine website (www.Green-Marine.org) will also transparently
track the performance of each business that receives official certification.
"We believe that by reporting on our actions, those concerned with the
environment will encourage our industry in its efforts to go further," added
Laurence G. Pathy.
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