Fraser Surrey Docks joins Green Marine

By BCShippingNews
March 25 2013
Aerial shot of Fraser Surrey Docks
FSD the latest in growing number of West Coast participants to join voluntary environmental program...

Fraser Surrey Docks LP, the largest modern, multi-purpose marine terminal on the West Coast of North America, joins Green Marine.

The Green Marine Environmental Program is an action plan that addresses nine major environmental issues identified by the Canadian and American marine industry. The program requirements are developed with the participation of industry stakeholders and representatives from environmental groups, governments and the academic sector.

“Fraser Surrey Docks’ commitment to responsible environmental management includes continual monitoring and updating of our risk assessment to ensure we employ the best environmental and safety practices at every step,” said Fraser Surrey Docks President and CEO, Jeff Scott. We look forward to working with other Green Marine participants and to share their experience.”

“We pride ourselves in the transparency and rigor of our environmental program,” explained Green Marine Executive Director, David Bolduc. “Having NGOs and the industry’s major ship owners, ports and terminals sitting at the same table and reviewing the performance indicators ensures relevance and continuous improvement.”

The North American voluntary program encourages participants to go beyond regulatory compliance and to implement concrete and measurable actions to reduce their environmental footprint. Each participant must complete an annual self-evaluation and all individual results are published. The evaluation goes through an external verification and certification process, every other year.

“Green Marine's evaluation and reporting system will allow Fraser Surrey Docks to benchmark its environmental performance. It is also an excellent way to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability”, added Mr. Bolduc.

Fraser Surrey Docks joins a growing number of West Coast ports and shipping companies already participating in Green Marine, including Port Metro Vancouver, Prince Rupert Port Authority, Seaspan Marine Corporation, Island Tug & Barge and SMIT.

About Fraser Surrey Docks

Committed to providing efficient, reliable cargo handling services to ocean carriers, Fraser Surrey Docks has been serving the needs of their container, breakbulk, project cargo, forest products and bulk customers in Port Metro Vancouver and around the world since 1962. Their facility is located in the greater Vancouver area of Surrey along the banks of the mighty Fraser River. For more information about FSD, please visit: www.fsd.bc.ca.

Green Marine Overview

Green Marine is a voluntary marine industry initiative with the goal of achieving levels of environmental performance that exceed regulatory requirements in areas such as air emissions, greenhouse gases, cargo waste management, community impacts (noise, dust, odours, and light), water and land pollution prevention and environmental leadership. Green Marine relevance and credibility is proven through its growing number of supporters: more than 40 governments, municipalities and environmental groups have endorsed the Green Marine environmental program. There are currently over 70 shipowners, port authorities, terminals and shipyards from coast to coast, in Canada and the United States, participating in the program. Green Marine is currently organizing GreenTech 2013 to be held in Vancouver, May 29 to 31. For more information, visit: www.green-marine.org/annual-conference.