Prince Rupert Port Authority Announces Green Wave Award Recipients


PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES GREEN WAVE AWARD RECIPIENTS

April 21, 2022

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today that four companies are being honoured for their outstanding participation in its Green Wave environmental incentive program for their 2021 performance.

They include intermodal shipping companies COSCO Shipping Lines and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, liquefied gas shipping company Navigator Gas LLC, and BC Ferries.

PRPA’s Green Wave program rewards shippers by offering discounted harbour fees to vessel owners who voluntarily invest in sustainable practices. Commercial vessels are scored on air emission controls and underwater noise reduction measures and allotted savings through a tiered system. Last year, there were 163 vessel calls that met the strict criteria to qualify for the Green Wave program, including ten different vessels that qualified for the top tier and earned the greatest savings on each call.

PRPA is committed to mitigating environmental impacts of the Port of Prince Rupert effectively, and its annual Green Wave Awards acknowledge commercial vessel owners who actively employ measures on ships that make port operations more environmentally sound. One of the mechanisms for inclusion in the incentive program is RightShip’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Rating. The method, developed by the world’s leader in maritime environmental assessment, rates vessels on their relative efficiency. In 2021, there were 28 vessel calls that qualified for Green Wave through the RightShip GHG Rating criteria. As a result, approximately 3,190 tonnes of GHG emissions were avoided, which is equivalent to removing 677 passenger vehicles from the road for a year. While the Port of Prince Rupert is already one of the top performers in the area of environmental performance, PRPA has set a goal to reduce the carbon intensity of the Gateway by a further 30% by the year 2030 as part of a long term goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 – the Green Wave program and its recognition system are a key lever to facilitating these amibitions.

Recognizing environmental stewardship and reducing the impacts of a growing port are key to the Port of Prince Rupert’s future sustainability, and reinforce global efforts to curtail carbon emissions from the shipping industry. By offering these financial incentives, PRPA directly encourages vessel owners to further embrace safer environmental practices and promote efficiency and sustainability around the world. 

“The Prince Rupert Port Authority wishes to congratulate the recipients of the 2021 Green Wave Awards for their ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact their vessels have, not only on the Port of Prince Rupert, but on the viability of the ocean economy as a whole,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We also want to acknowledge all vessel owners who participate in our Green Wave program at every level. Their commitment is critical to ensuring the success of our trade gateway and the global supply chains it supports.”

PRPA’s Green Wave program has been active since 2013 and has continually adapted its criteria to address port sustainability goals and raise the bar for vessel eligibility. For more information on PRPA’s Green Wave vessel incentive program and our other environmental initiatives, please visit: www.rupertport.com/green-wave-program-for-shippers/.

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