BC Ferries earns Green Marine certification for a fifth straight year

BC Ferries earns Green Marine certification for a fifth straight year
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Ahead of World Oceans Day Saturday, BC Ferries has received Green Marine certification for the fifth straight year.

Green Marine is an environmental certification program for the North American marine industry.

Participants grade their annual environmental performance through a self-evaluation guide and an accredited external verifier confirms the results.

Of the 133 Green Marine participants, BC Ferries is one of just three to be certified in three types of activities: vessels, terminals and shipyard.

“BC Ferries operates in some of the most pristine waters in the world. We are proud to receive this certification for the fifth consecutive year, recognizing our commitment to improving the environmental sustainability of our operations, from ship to shore,” BC Ferries’ President and CEO Mark Collins said in a statement.

BC Ferries scored above industry standards in a number of areas for its terminals, vessels and shipyard, including for underwater noise, greenhouse gases, spill prevention and environmental leadership.

The corporation operates five ships on natural gas, co-developed the Whales in our Waterstutorial with Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Ocean Wise and is among the leaders in addressing underwater-radiated noise issues.

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“We are proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to doing even more to reduce our environmental footprint in the coming years,” Collins said.

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