The following is the text of a news release from Green Marine:
(PORT CANAVERAL, Fla.) — The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) has joined the Green Marine environmental certification program, a North American initiative committed to advancing environmental excellence in maritime transportation. This marks a major milestone as the Canaveral Port Authority is the 100th participant to join Green Marine.
Commission Chairman Jerry Allender said protecting the environment is one of the port’s most important duties. “It’s our responsibility to maintain — and when necessary restore — the critical balance of physical conditions that allows Port Canaveral to fulfill its many functions. For an environmentally sensitive area as large and active as Port Canaveral, this requires a day-in day-out commitment,” he said.
Green Marine’s detailed criteria within specific performance indicators will assist Port Canaveral to first benchmark its environmental performance and then identify ways to improve it.
“I am especially pleased that Port Canaveral is our 100th participant because it’s an organization that well reflects Green Marine’s philosophy and values,” said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director. “One of the driving forces within the extremely dynamic Floridian maritime economy, the Canaveral Port Authority is already engaged in several initiatives to protect the environment and to continue expanding its business in sustainable ways.”
Bolduc also noted that welcoming Port Canaveral as Green Marine’s 100th participant is a milestone that reflects the steadily increasing number of North American marine industry enterprises committed to being proactive towards achieving greater sustainability, and the wide recognition that Green Marine now garners as a practical, effective framework to demonstrate that environmental commitment.
About Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral is a customer-friendly gateway to major consumer markets and leisure destinations. Strategically located on the east coast of central Florida, the port offers cruise lines, cargo lines, shippers, businesses and vacationers the capabilities of a first-class deepwater port with the benefits of an uncongested and relaxed setting.
Green Marine overview
Established in 2007, Green Marine is a North American environmental certification program for the maritime transportation industry. The program stems from the maritime industry’s voluntary initiative to surpass regulatory requirements. The Green Marine program’s unique character derives from the support being earned from more than 50 environmental groups and government agencies. These supporters contribute to shaping the program.