Canadian East Coast ferry and terminal operator, Marine Atlantic Inc., has signed on as the newest member of Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry in North America.
Marine Atlantic Inc. is entering its four ships and three terminals located in Argentia, Port aux Basques and North Sydney into the environmental program. Green Marine encourages its participants - ship owners, ports, terminals and shipyards - to undertake concrete actions that go beyond regulatory requirements aimed at improving environmental performance and sustainability. Green Marine's success is based on a 6-year track record of participating companies demonstrating improved environmental performance.
"At Marine Atlantic, we are committed to conducting our service in an environmentally responsible manner," said Paul Griffin, President and CEO of Marine Atlantic. "We have already made significant investments in new infrastructure and technologies that show our commitment to the environment. Our new terminal building in North Sydney scheduled to open this spring will be LEED certified, a leader in environmental and energy efficient design. Joining Green Marine will provide us with another window of opportunity to measure and showcase our environmental performance, while working with others in the marine industry to continue improving into the future."
"Marine Atlantic is the third ferry operator to join Green Marine," said David Bolduc, Green Marine's Executive Director. "This clearly reflects a strong commitment towards the greening of their operations. It also demonstrates that the Green Marine environmental program is suitable not only for cargo fleets but also for all passenger fleets with operations in North America."
About Marine Atlantic
Head quartered in St. John's, NL, Marine Atlantic is a Crown Corporation of the Government of Canada and operates terminals in the Newfoundland and Labrador ports of Port aux Basques and Argentia and the Nova Scotia port of North Sydney. The Corporation provides ferry services on two routes: a yearround 96 nautical mile daily ferry service between Port aux Basques and North Sydney and a seasonal 280 nautical mile tri-weekly ferry service between Argentia and North Sydney (which operates between mid-June and lateSeptember).
Green Marine Overview
Green Marine is a voluntary marine industry initiative with the goal of achieving levels of environmental performance that exceed regulatory requirements in areas such as air/land/water emissions. There are currently more than 80 ship owners, port authorities, terminals and shipyards from coast to coast, in Canada and the United States, participating in the program. Green Marine certification process is rigorous and transparent: results are independently verified every two years and each company's individual results are published. Green Marine relevance and credibility is reflected through its growing number of supporters: more than 40 environmental groups and government departments/agencies have endorsed and help shape the environmental program.
For more information:
Green Marine Communications Manager
418 649-6004 ext.302 or 418-569-5110
Marine Atlantic Media Contact
709-772-0073 or 709-727-2405