Green Marine releases 2018 program criteria

Green Marine released its 2018 performance indicator criteria for North American shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators and shipyard managers. In keeping with its commitment to continual improvement, Green Marine annually reviews, strengthens and expands its environmental certification criteria.

Summaries of Green Marine’s environmental program for 2018 are now available online. The 2018 criteria introduce several changes, including:

  • Expansion of the sulphur oxide and particulate matter emissions (SOx & PM) performance indicator at Levels 3, 4 and 5 to better reflect Green Marine’s expanding membership of American domestic shipowners
  • Recognition of LNG and other exemplary technologies at Level 5 in PM reduction
  • Increase in the overall level of difficulty for the dry bulk handling and storage performance indicator for ports and terminals

Other criteria related to aquatic invasive species and greenhouse gases have also been strengthened. Green Marine participants—shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators and shipyard managers—will use the criteria at this time next year to assess the 2018 performance of their operations.

“The program is reviewed and adjusted every year to reflect new regulations and keep up with technological innovation,” said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s Executive Director. “A collaborative approach is a core tenet of this annual reassessment, with all criteria reviewed and approved by our advisory committees composed of representatives from the industry, environmental organizations, scientific programs and government agencies.”

Green Marine participants are currently assessing their environmental performance for 2017, Green Marine’s 10th year of evaluations. The 2017 self-evaluation guides are also posted online. They help participants to benchmark their environmental performance against Green Marine’s criteria for 12 distinct performance indicators—some applicable to ports, terminals and shipyards, and others to shipowners. Results will be released at the end of May at GreenTech 2018, Green Marine’s annual conference.

Maritime Editorial