Port Metro Vancouver is proud to honour 11 shipping lines with its third annual Blue Circle Award, for 2011. The Port established the Blue Circle Awards in 2009 to acknowledge industry commitment to port sustainability. Vessels that use low sulphur fuels or employ environmental preferable practices can apply to the EcoAction Program for Shipping to receive a reduced Harbour Due rate. Vessels that qualify are eligible to receive the Blue Circle Award, a recognition reserved for only the highest emissions reduction achievements. This year, on ‘Clean Air Day’, Port Metro Vancouver honours the environmental achievements of customers who participate in the Port’s EcoAction Program for Shipping, a financial incentive for cruise and shipping lines to reduce emissions.

“Port Metro Vancouver is committed to advancing important sustainability programs that reduce the carbon footprint of our operations, and we are proud to encourage industry partners to do the same. I extend congratulations to the 2011 Blue Circle Award winners on their shared commitment to cleaner air,” said Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Port Metro Vancouver.

As a global leader in port sustainability, Port Metro Vancouver is committed to working with its customers, governments, and industry to continue to achieve reduced air emissions and a smaller carbon footprint.

Port Metro Vancouver has recently released “We Deliver Lasting Value”, its second annual Sustainability Report. Emissions reduction efforts in 2011 have earned the Port an international Environmental Achievement Award for leadership as part of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy. Among the recipients are:

APL (Canada)
Disney Cruise Line
Grieg Star Shipping (Canada) Ltd.
Holland America Line
“K” Line
Maersk Line
Princess Cruises
Westwood Shipping Lines