PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. -- Ridley Terminals (RTI) has signed on as the first terminal in Prince Rupert to join the Green Marine environmental program.
The program encourages its participants – North American ship owners, ports, terminals and shipyards – to undertake actions that go beyond regulatory requirements to improve environmental performance and sustainability.
"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 (EMS), ISO 14001, in June 2012."
“RTI has improved the efficiency of its EMS and continues to set environmental objectives and targets to improve its environmental performance understanding that better environmental management leads to a better environment,” said Tony Di Nino, P.Eng, RTI’s third-party environmental auditor.
“At the 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," said Prince Rupert Port Authority CEO, Don Krusel.
Ridley officials say the terminal design and materials handling procedures aim to 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,” Blake said.