Portland, Oregon-based inland water freight company Shaver Transportation has become the first tug and barge operator on the U.S. West Coast to participate in Green Marine, the leading voluntary environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry.
“We want to be proactive and believe that Green Marine will be able to guide us toward continual improvement in the environmental performance of each of our vessels through the program’s detailed framework,” Shaver Transportation President Steve Shaver said. “It is important to us that our fleet operates in the most safe and sustainable manner possible.”
To gain certification, which will be independently verified every two years, Shaver must review how its fleet performs environmentally with key indicators that look at greenhouse gas and air emissions, oily discharge, waste management, ship recycling and other issues.
“By joining Green Marine, Shaver Transportation is further strengthening its commitment to sustainability by choosing to benchmark its efforts, have them externally verified, and take advantage of the environmental knowledge and innovation within the Green Marine network,” Green Marine Executive Director David Bolduc said. “As an industry leader, Shaver will likely inspire other businesses in the region to undertake more ambitious environmental goals.”