HALIFAX: The Port of Halifax has become the latest Canadian port to join Green Marine, a voluntary environmental program. Halifax’s port is joining a group of East Coast participants that also include Atlantic Towing, Saint John Port Authority, SVITZER Canada and Oceanex.
Established in 2007, Green Marine has participants across both Canada and the United States. For the Port of Halifax, joining the program was a natural step, said George Malec, the port’s vice-president of business development and operations. ”Environment has been an important issue for us for a long time,” he said. “The Halifax Port Authority is committed to conducting itself as a responsible member of the local community. We have created a system to manage our environmental performance to prevent and minimize pollution and it has been certified ISO 14001. The transparency and rigor of Green Marine will allow us to show our performance both to the industry and the population and guide us towards improvement.”
Green Marine’s executive director, David Bolduc, welcomed the Port of Halifax and praised the raised awareness it will bring to the program. ”The port encourages environmental stewardship by setting positive environmental performance examples for other users of the port to follow,” he said. “(The port) joining the program will allow us to move forward with added credibility and representativeness.”