– Green Marine: a decade of improvement for the maritime industry’s environmental performance


Established in 2007, Green Marine is a binational environmental certification program that stems from a voluntary marine industry initiative to go beyond regulatory compliance. The Green Marine environmental program offers a detailed framework for maritime companies to first establish and then reduce their environmental footprint, through its 12 performance indicators.
To date, more than 125 ship owners, ports, terminals and shipyards in Canada and the United States are participating in the program. The certification process is rigorous and transparent: results are independently verified and annual results are published.
The most recent results (2017 year of operation) relate to the 10th year of evaluation for the founding members of the environmental program who continue to improve their performance, although the bar is constantly set higher for several criteria and new issues are now addressed.