The following is the text of a news release from Green Marine:
(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) (Oct. 20) — As a leader of terminal operations in North America and the largest terminal operator in Canada, GCT Container Terminals Inc. (GCT) has signed on as a participant to Green Marine, the leading voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry on the continent.
GCT is entering its four terminals into the environmental certification program: GCT Vanterm and GCT Deltaport operating in Port Metro Vancouver, and GCT New York and GCT Bayonne operating in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Green Marine encourages its participants — shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators and shipyards — to undertake concrete actions that go beyond regulatory requirements. Green Marine’s success is based on a six-year track record of participating companies demonstrating improvements in environmental performance.
GCT works closely with its partners and stakeholders to identify and implement new innovations and procedures that improve sustainability. The company reduces its environmental footprint through many initiatives, including investment in more energy-efficient equipment as well as introducing processes to reduce truck idling and dwell times.
“Joining Green Marine aligns with our company’s strategic priority to grow our business responsibly,” said Stephen Edwards, president and CEO of GCT. “Our collaborative partnership with stakeholders is what makes GCT an industry leader. Taking part in this program is our commitment not to simply implement new procedures within our own facilities, but to share best practices.”
Green Marine Executive Director David Bolduc believes the Green Marine environmental program is valuable for participants like GCT because it allows them to highlight the efforts they have already made in area of sustainable development and to set their goals for further improvement. ”The Green Marine environmental program was tailor-made for marine operations and this aspect is helpful for our participants, especially when a company is entering all of its terminals, as GCT is doing," he said.