Dimapur, August 12: The Duluth Seaway Port Authority (DSPA) and its terminal operations on Rice’s Point received high marks in the recently released Green Marine 2020 environmental performance report, improving from a 3.8 rating in 2019 to a 4.0 score on Green Marine’s five-point scale. Participants overall averaged 2.9.
The annual report assigns points to port authority participants in seven categories: air emissions, community impacts, dry bulk handling and storage, spill prevention, environmental leadership, underwater noise, and waste management.
The 2020 evaluation process drew a record 49 North American port authorities, with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority ranking fourth in the United States and first among U.S. Great Lakes ports.
“We’re mindful of minimizing environmental impacts and the Green Marine program helps guide those efforts,” said Jeff Stollenwerk, Director of Government and Environmental Affairs for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “It provides a tangible scoreboard for environmental stewardship, with benchmarks that become increasingly stringent from year to year. That approach helps inspire participants to exceed regulatory requirements.”
Since its inception in 2007, the voluntary Green Marine certification program has grown to include nearly 170 ship owners, port authorities, shipping corporations, terminal operators, and shipyard managers. Participants in the program must adopt practices and technologies that continuously reduce their environmental footprint on land, air, and sea. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has been a part of the program since its inception.