(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) — Waterson Terminal Services is joining the Green Marine environmental certification program for its stevedoring and terminal operations at ProvPort. Green Marine is a leading North American environmental certification program for the maritime transportation industry. The program is a voluntary initiative to surpass regulatory requirements within the maritime industry.
Waterson is the first terminal operator from Rhode Island to join Green Marine’s environmental certification program. There are currently more than 125 companies including shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators and shipyard managers from coast to coast in Canada and the United States participating in the certification program.
“We are always looking for ways to improve our operations, and joining a well-recognized sustainability program such as Green Marine will allow us to exceed environmental standards,” said Waterson Terminal Services General Manager Christopher Waterson. “The clear criteria beyond current regulations will help guide our actions toward continually improving our environmental performance.”
David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director, welcomed its newest member. “We’re so pleased to have Waterson Terminal Services in the program, and we hope it inspires other maritime stakeholders on the U.S. East Coast to look at what Green Marine has to offer in helping to achieve greater sustainability. Seeking Green Marine certification demonstrates Waterson Terminal Services commitment to greener practices.”
Green Marine provides a step-by-step template for port authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines and shipyard managers to voluntarily and measurably reduce their environmental footprint. The comprehensive program addresses key environmental issues using 12 performance indicators that include lowering air emissions, minimizing community impacts and demonstrating environmental leadership.
The Green Marine certification process is rigorous and transparent. Results are independently verified every two years. Each company’s results are published annually and made available online at www.green-marine.org/certification/results/.