Port Metro Vancouver rewards green shipping lines

by Array

Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) has decided to reward shipping lines that are going green.

The port has launched a new Blue Circle Award, which provides a financial incentive to carriers working to reduce the emissions of their ocean-going vessels.

The new award is available to members of the port’s EcoAction Program for Shipping (formerly known as the differentiated harbour dues program), a broader effort to encourage cleaner ships in the gateway.

Only companies that have achieved the highest emission reductions will receive a Blue Circle Award. The award is divided into three ratings—gold, silver and bronze—based on the quality of fuel used and overall emission reductions.

Vessel operators can apply for the program at each call to PMV, or provide an annual declaration for their ships.

“The Blue Circle Award is in recognition of the EcoAction Program participants’ commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Robin Silvester, president and CEO of PMV.

The 2010 Blue Circle Award has been awarded to the following shipping lines: Hapag-Lloyd (Canada) Inc, "K" Line Canada Ltd, Maersk Canada Inc, Seaboard International Shipping Company Limited and Westwood Shipping Lines.