Green Marine welcomes first marine pilotage association as participant
Puget Sound Pilots Association is the first organization of marine pilots to join the Green Marine environmental certification program as a participant. They were already partners, but wanted to increase their environmental efforts by stepping up their Green Marine membership to certify their vessels.
While partners offer products and services to help the marine industry lower its environmental footprint, participants commit to benchmarking and continually improving their environmental performance under the Green Marine certification process.
“Green Marine’s goal of continuous improvement is fully aligned with ours,” said Linda Styrk, Puget Sound Pilots’ Executive Director. “Our mission as pilots is safety, and that includes protection of the marine environment, waterways, ports and harbors, which creates a keen awareness of the need to mitigate and reduce environmental impacts.”
Styrk is thoroughly familiar with the environmental certification program, as she previously sat on Green Marine’s board of directors in her former role as Managing Director of Port of Seattle’s seaport. As seaport Managing Director, Styrk was the catalyst for Port of Seattle becoming the first U.S. port outside the Great Lakes region to attain Green Marine certification.
David Bolduc, Green Marine’s Executive Director, is delighted with Puget Sound Pilots’ decision. “We’re very pleased that this valued partner has decided to get even more involved in Green Marine by becoming a participant,” he said.
“We’ve made several changes to our program over the past few years to permit smaller vessels to be certified,” Bolduc added. “These improvements have led to welcoming harbor craft as participants.”
Bolduc hopes Puget Sound Pilots’ move will inspire other pilotage associations to join as participants.