Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Port Metro Vancouver Names Environmental Awardees

By Mark Edward Nero

On May 29, Port Metro Vancouver honored 13 shipping lines and three cruise lines with a Blue Circle Award for 2013. The award recognizes and rewards vessel operators for actions that reduce air emissions.

As part of Port Metro Vancouver’s EcoAction Program, shipping lines can benefit from a discount of up to 47 percent on harbor dues by choosing a variety of eligible fuels, technology options and environmental management practices. Vessels that qualify are eligible to receive the Blue Circle Award, a recognition reserved for the highest level of participation in the EcoAction Program.

“We are committed to balancing growing demand for trade with the need to protect our environment and maintain the quality of life of our neighbors,” Port Metro Vancouver President and CEO Robin Silvester said. “The Blue Circle Awards allow us to honor shipping lines for their environmental stewardship and commitment to cleaner air.”

The shipping lines that were recipients of 2013 Port Metro Vancouver Blue Circle Awards are:
APL; COSCO Canada; CMA CGM; Eukor Car Carriers; Grieg Star Shipping; Hapag-Lloyd AG; Hyundai Merchant Marine; “K” Line; Maersk Line; Mitsui OSK. Lines; Mediterranean Shipping Co.; Orient Overseas Container Line; and Westwood Shipping Lines.

The three cruise lines receiving the award were: Disney Cruise Line; Holland America Line; and Princess Cruises.