Another Green Marine first: Laurentian Pilotage Authority becomes participant

The Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA) is the first marine pilotage authority in Canada to join the Green Marine environmental certification program as a participant. The LPA was already a Green Marine partner but wanted to increase its environmental efforts by stepping up its Green Marine membership to certify the authority’s vessels.

“Green Marine’s goal of continuous improvement is closely tied to our primary mission to ensure excellence in navigational safety and environmental protection on the St. Lawrence and the Saguenay River,” said Fulvio Fracassi, LPA’s CEO.

“Safe navigation goes hand-in-hand with environmental protection, and the LPA and the pilots play a crucial role in this regard,” said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s Executive Director.

LPA will be using Green Marine’s criteria to certify its two pilot vessels.

“We’ve made several changes to our program over the past few years to permit smaller vessels to be certified,” Bolduc added. “These program improvements have led to welcoming harbor craft as participants.”

Bolduc hopes LPA’s decision, which follows Puget Sound Pilots joining Green Marine last year, will inspire other pilotage associations to become participants.

Andrea Lee