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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority recognizes marine carriers for voluntary efforts to reduce air emissions with Blue Circle Award

April 21, 2017

Vancouver, B.C.: Fourteen marine carriers are being recognized by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority with Blue Circle Awards for their voluntary efforts to reduce air emissions in the Port of Vancouver.

Twelve shipping lines and two cruise lines are the recipients of the eighth annual Blue Circle Awards, which recognize marine carriers that excel in environmental stewardship and attain the highest participation rates in the port authority’s EcoAction program.

Since 2007, the port authority’s EcoAction program has recognized a variety of fuel, technology and environmental management options that make ship operators eligible to receive discounted harbour dues rates. Earlier this year, the port authority added new incentive criteria to the EcoAction program to include harbour dues rate discounts for quieter ships, making Canada the first country in the world with an underwater noise reduction incentive.

“Creating impactful environmental change takes shared leadership, commitment and collaboration,” said Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “We are proud to honour fourteen marine carriers with a Blue Circle Award this year to recognize their efforts above and beyond regulatory requirements to reduce air emissions. Congratulations to the 2016 award recipients.”

The 2016 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Blue Circle Award recipients are:

  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Evergreen Line
  • Grieg Star
  • Hamburg Süd
  • Hapag-Lloyd
  • Hyundai Merchant Marine
  • “K” Line
  • Mediterranean Shipping Company
  • NYK Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • The China Navigation Company
  • United Arab Shipping Company
  • Yang Ming

Blue Circle Award Highlights:

  • “K” Line and Princess Cruises have been awarded for each year since the inaugural awards in 2009.
  • Hapag-Lloyd has been recognized seven times.
  • Grieg Star has been recognized six times.
  • Disney Cruise Line has received an award for every year it has homeported in Vancouver.
  • CMA CGM, Hyundai Merchant Marine and Mediterranean Shipping Company have been a recipient four times consecutively since 2013.

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority initiatives focused on building and maintaining a sustainable gateway have been widely celebrated. We have been recognized for sustainability performance by Corporate Knights, MarCom and Clean Tech50.

Recipients will receive awards at a presentation later this spring.

About the Blue Circle Awards:

The Blue Circle Awards recognize marine carriers that excel in environmental stewardship and attain the highest participation rates in the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Program. The EcoAction program recognizes a variety of fuel, technology and environmental management options that are eligible to receive discounted harbour due rates. Vessels may qualify for one of three levels in the EcoAction program: Gold, Silver or Bronze. Shipping lines can apply for the program at each call or provide an annual declaration for their vessels. Offering vessels a user-friendly financial incentive to improve environmental performance of ocean-going vessels is one way the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority works together with customers and industry stakeholders to promote economic prosperity through trade while protecting the environment.

About the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. It is accountable to the federal minister of transport and operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo, facilitating trade between Canada and more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the port authority and port terminals and tenants are responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods, port activities sustain an estimated 100,000 supply-chain jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $9.7 billion in GDP across Canada.

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Danielle Jang
Media Relations Advisor

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