Ridley Terminals Inc., a leading trade gateway between North American and world markets, has signed on as the first terminal in Prince Rupert to join Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry in North America.

The program encourages its participants, ship owners, ports, terminals and shipyards, to undertake concrete actions that go beyond regulatory requirement is aimed at improving environmental performance and sustainability. Green Marine’s success is based on a 5-year track record of participating companies demonstrating improved environmental performance. Ridley Terminals Inc. owns and operates a world class bulk handling terminal in Prince Rupert, on the North Coast of British Columbia. RTI is committed to environmentally sound terminal operating practices. "We are undertaking several actions to ensure the sustainability of our operations,” says Dennis Blake, RTI’s Senior Manager. “For example, we successfully completed an audit of our Environmental Management System, ISO 14001, in June 2012.”

Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA), where Ridley Terminals Inc. operates, was the first West Coast Green Marine participant in 2010 and led the way to the expansion of the program from coast to coast. "RTI’s membership demonstrates a strong environmental commitment from Prince Rupert marine community", says David Bolduc, Green Marine’s Executive Director. PRPA’s CEO, Don Krusel agrees with this assessment: “At Prince Rupert Port Authority, we are serious about environmental stewardship and this includes working with Port tenants and users to promote best practices and set an example of environmental leadership.”

Already, Ridley’s terminal design and materials handling procedures ensure both high performance and a clean operation. "To protect Prince Rupert’s rich coastal environment, we have made every effort to keep coal where it belongs – either on the terminal site or in the ships which carry it to customers", explains Mr. Blake.