GULFPORT, Miss., December 19, 2013 – Mississippi State Port Authority officials voted today to join Green Marine, a sustainability program developed for the marine transportation industry that provides a framework for ports, terminals, shipping companies and shipyards to improve their environmental performance.
With this action the Port of Gulfport could become the second coastal port in the nation to successfully achieve the green designation, following the Port of Seattle.
The cornerstone of the Green Marine initiative is its far-reaching environmental program, which makes it possible for any marine company operating in Canada or the U.S. to voluntarily improve its environmental performance by undertaking concrete and measurable actions. The Port of Gulfport is only the second U.S. port outside the Great Lakes to join Green Marine, which has rapidly gained a reputation for challenging participant companies to improve their environmental performance beyond regulatory compliance.
“Green Marine’s mission is to make the marine transportation industry greener, which ties in with our efforts to make the Port of Gulfport a more environmentally efficient port,” said MSPA Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Daniels.
“We pride ourselves in the transparency and rigor of our environmental program,” explained Green Marine Management Corporation President, Raymond Johnston. “Porf of Gulfport joining Green Marine clearly reflects a strong commitment towards the greening of their operations. It also demonstrates that the Green Marine environmental program is valid, applicable, and scalable for all sizes of ports”.
The Port of Gulfport and Green Marine will work together to strengthen the Port’s environmental performance through a process of continuous improvement; build strong relations with marine waterway stakeholders; and heighten understanding of the marine industry’s activities and environmental benefits.
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