Friday, March 8, 2013

Seattle’s Green Gateway Award Winners Honored

APL Ltd., Maersk Line, Matson Navigation, COSCO Container Lines, Royal Caribbean Intl., Celebrity Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line have been announced as winners of the Port of Seattle’s annual Green Gateway Partners Awards.

The awards, now in their third year, recognize the environmental achievements of the port’s cruise and containership operators. This year’s winners were honored Feb. 28.

“It’s great to have customers who not only understand that we have to work toward continuous improvement, but demonstrate a clear commitment to do so,” Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani said in a statement.

The Green Gateway Partners Awards set as a minimum requirement participation in the port’s At-Berth Clean Fuels program or use of shore power. These and other environmental activities are assigned point values and depending on the number of points earned, Green Gateway Partners can achieve one of three recognition levels – gold, silver or bronze.

The awards and scoring system are conducted by analysts from Cascadia Consulting Group and Glosten Associates.

This year, for the first time in the awards’ history, the port awarded a platinum-level award for the commitment to environmental sustainability, with Holland America receiving the recognition.

The Green Gateway Partners Awards are so named due to the Port of Seattle’s declared role as “the Green Gateway” for maritime trade between Asia and the American Midwest and East Coast. A 2009 study showed that for cargo originating in much of Asia and bound for a wide range of destinations across the United States, routes through Seattle resulted in lower carbon emissions than other routes.