Port Metro Vancouver Announces Fee Reduction for "Green Award" Vessels

    Port Metro Vancouver has announced a reduction on port dues to sea-going
    vessels certified by the Green Award Foundation. With this decision Port
    Metro Vancouver, Canada's largest and busiest port, is actively voicing
    its policy to promote the quality of shipping in the port

    METRO VANCOUVER, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Port Metro Vancouver recognizes Green
Award certified vessels as eligible at the Bronze level under the
Differentiated Harbour Dues Program, which represents 26% savings over the
basic harbour dues rate.
    On 18 August 2008, during the 50th ACPA Conference held in Saint John,
New Brunswick, Canada, Captain Gordon Houston, President and CEO of Port Metro
Vancouver received an official Green Award plaque from Jan Fransen, Managing
Director of Green Award, to mark the occasion of the official participation of
Port Metro Vancouver in the Green Award scheme.

    "Our participation in this program is a clear demonstration of our
commitment to environmental responsibility" said Captain Gordon Houston.

    Jan Fransen stated that Green Award is delighted with the participation
of Port Metro Vancouver as first port in the Americas. He is convinced that
more ports will participate in the scheme whereby the mutual advantages can be
developed further: ports receive more quality ships and ship-owners who want
to invest in cleaner, safer management, are in turn rewarded for this.

    The Green Award Foundation has as its objective, the stimulation of
safety and environmentally aware conduct of ship-owners, crew and ship. Green
Award is independent and impartial and since 1994, has focused on the
worldwide certification of sea-going vessels. Sea-going vessels from
20,000 DWT and above (both oil tankers and dry bulk carriers) are evaluated on
their technical condition, quality of the crew and the management on shore.
Those that comply with the criteria receive the Green Award certificate, which
subject to annual verification, is valid for three years. The certificate is
evidence that the vessels can be expected to be extra clean and extra safe.
This in turn, is rewarded by +/- 30 ports in 7 countries with a reduction on
port dues, encouraged by approximately 220 sea-going vessels certified by
Green Award.

    Metro Vancouver's three lower mainland port authorities (Fraser River
Port Authority, North Fraser Port Authority and Vancouver Port Authority)
amalgamated on January 1 to continue as Port Metro Vancouver. The amalgamated
port jurisdiction covers nearly 600 kilometers of shoreline. Port Metro
Vancouver is the most diversified in North America, with nearly 30 deep-sea
marine cargo terminals, 2 international cruise terminals and several domestic
intermodal short sea shipping terminals and trades more than $53 billion in
goods with more than 100 trading economies annually. The port is recognized
globally as a naturally beautiful and clean port complemented by sound,
innovative environmental leadership and is the first port in Canada to have
environmental services (since 1990). An incentive for ships that are extra
clean and extra safe underlines this philosophy.

For further information:

For further information: Port Metro Vancouver, 100 The Pointe, 999
Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6C 3T4, T (604) 665-9000, www.vfpa.ca;
Green Award Foundation, M.K. (Karin) Struijk, Deputy Managing Director,
Veerkade 2, P.O. Box 23107, 3001 KC ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, T + 31 10 21
70 200, F + 31 10 28 29 762, www.greenaward.org

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