April 4, 2012

Nanaimo Port Authority joins Green Marine

Nanaimo, British Columbia (April 4, 2012) – Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) has joined the Green Marine environmental improvement program as part of its efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and the port’s operational impact on adjacent communities.

Established in 2007, Green Marine aims to improve the marine industry’s environmental performance beyond regulatory compliance by encouraging participants to set reduction targets.

NPA strives to be the transportation and marine recreational gateway on Vancouver Island, serving the Pacific Rim and beyond. Three distinct operations and administration are conducted within the Nanaimo Port Authority’s harbour limits. These range from deep sea vessel management, to debris control and through its commercial terminal the Port is a significant economic generator with cargo handling operations.

According to NPA’s President & CEO, taking part in the Green Marine voluntary program is a way of adding accountability to the efforts the port has already taken toward sustainability: ”Our role and vision are to encourage responsible and sustainable property development and provide for a high level of safety and environmental protection”, said Bernie A. Dumas, President & CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority.

Green Marine is pleased to welcome NPA among its participants. ”This is a clear demonstration of environmental commitment by the Port of Nanaimo. Not only are they accepting to implement our specific program requirements to reduce their environmental footprint, but they are also embracing a philosophy of continuous improvement and transparency”, added Green Marine Executive Director, David Bolduc. Nanaimo Port Authority is the third organization from Vancouver Island to join Green Marine, after Victoria Shipyards (Seaspan Marine Corporation) and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. An ever increasing number of West Coast companies are joining Green Marine in order improve their environmental performance.

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