Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA) officials voted to join Green Marine, a sustainability program developed for the marine transportation industry that provides a framework for ports, terminals, shipping companies and shipyards to improve their environmental performance. With this action, Port of Gulfport could become the sixth port in the U.S. to successfully achieve the green designation, following in the footsteps of the Ports of Seattle, Duluth, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Chicago.

The cornerstone of the Green Marine initiative is its environmental program, which makes it possible for any marine company operating in Canada or the U.S. to voluntarily improve its environmental performance by undertaking concrete and measurable actions.

Green Marine has rapidly gained a reputation for challenging participant companies to improve their environmental performance beyond regulatory compliance. “Green Marine’s mission is to make the marine transportation industry greener, which ties in with our efforts to make the Port of Gulfport a more environmentally efficient port,” said MSPA Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Daniels.

Green Marine now comprises 77 North American participants, including the Seaway system, shipowners, terminal operators, shipyards and 23 ports.